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In Europe, except for Spain, there are no “franchise”-specific laws.
Franchise agreements are governed by the general legal principle of “freedom to contract”, completed by the full range of general and specific laws, in each country, including the following: contract, civil, trademark/IPRs, competition/antitrust, commerce, unfair trading practices, fiscal, employment, consumer, data-protection, penal, etc. laws, in civil law countries as in common law countries. In civil law countries, contracts are governed by general principles of law such as “good faith” and “reasonableness”.
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