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The French Legal Profession: A Prisoner Of Its Glorious Past?, Tang Thi Thanh Trai Le Jan 1992

The French Legal Profession: A Prisoner Of Its Glorious Past?, Tang Thi Thanh Trai Le

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In 1978 a French television poll queried 982 viewers as to their images of the French lawyer (avocat). Of those polled, less than five percent held a positive view of the avocat. Eighteen percent of the 940 persons who expressed a negative view of the avocat simply conveyed this impression in general terms, but the remainder were more precise. Forty-eight percent of the respondents felt that the avocat was a "money sucker"; fourteen percent saw him as a man without conscience; and another fourteen percent believed that he acted with impunity within his bar. Four percent considered the bar to …