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The legislation of Year II (1793–1794) during the French Revolution, which for a very short time equalized the rights of natural and legitimate children, had unexpected and lasting effects on French law. Far from creating equality between all children, it increased the rights of their fathers without stipulating any new obligations, to the detriment of unmarried mothers and their unwanted and unrecognized children. The French Revolution maintained the power of patriarchy even in its most individualistic law and prepared the foundations for its institutionalization by the Civil Code.

  • paternity
  • mothers’ and children’s rights
  • patriarchy
  • family rights
Anne Verjus
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