PARIS (AP) – Frenchwoman Jean Puchen has an unusual problem. She is officially dead. She has been trying to prove for three years that she is alive.
The 58-year-old woman says she lives in constant fear, not daring to leave her home in St. Joseph village in the Lahore region. Authorities seized his car as an unpaid loan, which he contests and which is at the center of his troubles. She fears that the family’s furniture will be next.
Pouchain’s position has prevented her and her husband, who are their legal beneficiaries, along with their son, from using their joint bank account. Being declared deceased, he has been denied other important facilities.
“I no longer exist,” Pouchain said by telephone. “I do nothing …. I sit on the porch and write.” He called the situation “Macabre”.
Pouchin’s status as a deceased is the result of a 2017 Lyon court ruling that treated him dead, even though no death certificate was produced. The ruling came to an end in a legal dispute with an employee of Pouchin’s former cleaning company, seeking compensation after losing his job 20 years ago.
But the initial complaint in France’s Prudomy Workers’ Court falls on Puchen, whose lawyer claims his company had no responsibility for the dismissal. A series of legal proceedings, rulings and appeals followed, with the Cass Court of France, the supreme court, dismissing the case outside its domain, Pouchin and his lawyer Sylvain Cormier.
According to Pouchain and his lawyer, the snowballing judicial errors were brought to an end by a 2017 ruling by the Court of Appeal of Lyon that Pouchain was not among the living. The legal encroachment is all stranger because, Pouchain protested, neither he nor his relatives received summons for the hearing.
Pouchain’s husband and son were left with an order to pay 14,000 euros ($ 17,000) to the former employee.
Cormier, her attorney, filed an unusual motion last Monday asking the judges to invalidate the 2017 ruling by the Lyon appeals court due to “serious error”. He said he has never dealt with such a “crazy” case before.
“At first, I had a hard time believing my customer,” he said.
Pouchain says she cannot forgive her former employee for her plight, but will not identify the woman. The former employee’s attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Cormier points at the judges for “excessive austerity” to correct the finger and their error.
“When an error is so heavy, it is hard to accept,” he said.
Pouchain is stubborn that his lawyer’s bid to overturn the verdict is expected to succeed.
“This is my last chance to fix my life,” she said.