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A term of French law meaning an act violative of a law, a treaty, or an agreement made between parties; a breach of law punishable by a fine of fifteen francs or less and by an imprisonment of three days or less. In the U.S. legal system, a breach or violation of the provisions of a contract, statute, or treaty.


see CRIME.

CONTRAVENTION, French law. An act which violates the law, a treaty or an agreement which the party has made. The Penal Code, art. 1, denominates a contravention, that infraction of the law punished by a fine, which does not exceed fifteen francs, and an imprisonment not exceeding three days.

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He said it contravenes a provision in the POC bylaws which requires that to be president, one must have been active in the General Assembly for at least two years."
A treasury spokesperson said, 'This decision contravenes European law and fundamental single market principles by preventing the clearing of some financial products outside the euro area.
He added: "I spoke to several club representatives about the issue and they all told me that it was a friendly match and therefore would not contravene my ban from the ICC.
He added: "I would not be stupid enough to knowingly play in a match that I knew would contravene my ban.
BRUSSELS: The European Union executive criticized Denmark's plans to introduce border controls Friday, saying any permanent customs checks would contravene EU rules on free movement of people and goods.
to Afghanistan, but then Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda brushed the idea aside, saying it could contravene the Constitution.
Supporters of a ban say minarets have no religious justification and are symbols of Islamic power which contravene Swiss constitutional rights to religious freedom.
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In his letter to Speed, Khan warned: "Comments made by Darrell Hair and indeed yourself appear to contravene the very provisions of the code of conduct you have quoted in detail."
But she has refused to take the final step and advocate same-sex "marriage." Her reason: such marriages contravene the right of children to know both of their biological parents (for the same reason she also does not support artificial procreation).
Advocating connections in this capacity is necessary, because important Canadian issues, such as softwood lumber tariffs, which contravene the NAFTA agreement, are "completely invisible on the radar screen of U.S.
Earlier, Endesa CEO Rafael Miranda said the company's decision to improve shareholder remuneration in 2005-2009, including annual growth of 12% and special payments over the period, "does not contravene" existing takeover laws.