The hearing on the merits will take place on September 7. But the first skirmish between the Count of Paris and the Fondation Saint-Louis took place during the final hearing on July 6 in the district court of Dreux.
The court issued its ruling this Thursday, July 22, noting that “there is no need to generalize on the inquiries made” by the Orleans family.
If the arguments of Thomas Ruett, lawyer for the Fondation Saint-Louis, and those of Celine Sayag-Ferret, lawyer for the Orleans family, already suggested what the merits would be, then the short judge’s decision does not take into account to suggest anything about the decision on the merits.
The hearing took place on 6 July.
The Dre court simply believes that there is no need to make urgent decisions on the demands of the Count of Paris.
With this résumé, Prince Jean and his family wanted to immediately restore the right of access to the Philidor’s house, in which they live, through the main entrance to the Royal Chapel domain.
There is no rush for the judge
The arguments of the Orleans family lawyer that “covered access poses a collapse risk” did not convince the judge of urgency; it is based, in particular, “on the geotechnical diagnostics carried out by the Foundation and indicating the good general condition of the road …”. The court did not see in this “inevitable damage, which would make access to Philidor’s house dangerous.”
The Orleans family also claimed that it “encroaches on the peaceful enjoyment of this place and their freedom to come and go, which also triggers verbal abuse from the staff of the Saint-Louis Foundation.”
To this, the Foundation also publishes its arguments condemning, in particular, “the presence of a dog or chicken coop with animals roaming the park.”
Again, the court considers that “there is no need to pass judgment on the demands of the Orleans family.”
In fact, the Fondation Saint-Louis claims that this right to use the house, granted to Marie-Thérèse d’Orléans, “was just tolerance.” Prince Jean refers to “the will of his grandfather, then President of the Fondation Saint-Louis, to ensure the presence of the Orleans family on the estate and fulfill the memorial duty that follows.”
We’ll have to wait for the hearing on September 7th.
It was because of this difference in interpretation that the chasm between the Count of Paris and the Fondation Saint-Louis widened, and the summary judge considered that the matter could await a hearing on September 7.
The gap between the Foundation and the Count of Paris widened.
The Orleans family will not be returning the keys to the main entrance of the estate this summer. I’m not sure that the Count of Paris and his family will come to spend part of the summer in Dreux, as they wanted and as the Duchess of Montpensier used to do …
The applicants in this CV were Marie-Thérèse d’Orléans, Jean d’Orléans (Count of Paris) and Philomena d’Orléans.