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The French Law of Marriage Settlement

Source: The Illustrated London News, Nov.10 1855, p.562

An Englishman recently left Folkestone for France with 35,000 in his pocket. He for some time lived with a French lady, whom he subsequently made his wife. Upon his decease every farthing of his property, including the bed upon which he lay, was found to have been settled upon the wife, and the creditors in England could not obtain a shilling. Under the English law such a settlement would have been set aside. In France, by the Code Napoleon, it was unassailable.