Conviction in French
Word condamnation: conviction

As in English, the French word condamnation belongs to a legal context. The verb condamner is synonymous with the English verb, "to sentence, to convict".
Be careful! The French word conviction means "belief".
However, French people can also use the French word condamnation in many situations such as:

  • Il a écopé de la condamnation maximale: 25 ans de prison ferme.
    He got the maximum sentence : 25 years in jail.
  • Elle l'avait déjà condamné avant de l'écouter.
    She already found him guilty before she listened to him.
  • J'ai été condamné à une amende de 90 euros!
    I have been sentenced to pay a 90 euro fine.
  • Ce tueur en série a récemment été condamné à la peine de mort.
    This serial killer has recently been convicted to the death penalty.
  • Il n'est plus le même depuis la condamnation de son chantier.
    He is no longer the same since his builder's yard was condemned.

The French word condamnation in context:

Début juin 2008.

Un tribunal français condamne eBay à verser une grosse somme d'argent.

Le site a en effet permis à une utilisatrice d'écouler deux imitations de produits de luxe en 2006.

Cette décision n'a pas son pareil dans le pays. Le tribunal a jugé qu'eBay avait une part de responsabilité dans l'affaire car la compagnie a fourni le moyen de permettre cette vente illégale.

Avant, seuls les imitateurs se voyaient condamnés à verser des amendes mais jamais les sites sur lesquels ces marchandises étaient écoulées.

Les dirigeants d'eBay ont reconnu qu'ils ne luttaient pas assez efficacement contre les imitateurs mais la cour ne les a pourtant pas contraints à travailler davantage dans ce sens, alors que c'était en son pouvoir.

Le géant des enchères en ligne devra encore attendre deux sentences qui devront être rendue fin juin pour des affaires qui l'opposent à deux marques prestigieuses.

Cette fois-ci, l'amende risque d'être plus salée.

English translation:

June 6th, 2008.

A French court is sentencing eBay to pay a substantial amount of money.

The website allowed an Internet user to sell imitation luxury products.

The country knows no similar sentence. The Court judged that eBay was partly responsible as it provided the means that permitted the illegal sales.

Previously, only the imitators were convicted to pay fines but never the sites on which the merchandise was sold.

eBay's leaders recognised they did not fight effectively enough against the imitators but the court is not forcing them to do work more in this regard, whereas it had this power.

The online auction giant has to wait for two other verdicts that will be returned by the end of June which relate to cases put up by two prestigious brands.

This time, the fine is going to be even more substantial.
Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.

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