Introduced by Alima Boumediene-Thiery, of Europe Ecology-The Greens, in the idea to bring “a security of the rights of the partner surviving” and “the possibility for him or her of profiting from certain rights” like the “free pleasure of the housing during one year or the preferential attribution of the property of housing”, it had been then adopted against the opinion of the government by the Senate.
The Justice Minister, Michel Mercier had evoked the mention of the surviving spouse “justified by the successional vocation of this one”. “But the partner surviving of a pacs (french domestic partnership) is not a legal heir”, Mr. Blanc raised.
Last year 195,000 pacs (civil pact of solidarity) against only 249,000 marriages. We can say that in France we don't get married anymore, we get pacs, straights or gays.
This is why the Senate had adopted this law in December 2010 in order to “simplify and improve quality of the right”.
A second session with the Parliament will take place on February 1st.