Paris (AFP) Jean Boucheen of France faces an unusual problem. She is officially dead. For three years, she’s been trying to prove she’s alive.
The 58-year-old says she lives in constant fear and does not dare leave her home in the village of Saint Joseph in the Loire region. Authorities seized her car because of unpaid debts being stabbed that are at the heart of her troubles. She fears the family’s furniture will be next.
The status of Pouchain prevented her and her husband, the legal benefactor of her with her son, from using their shared bank account. Her death has been deprived of her other vital amenities.
“I no longer exist,” Pouchain said over the phone. “I don’t do anything …. I sit on the balcony and write.” She described the situation as “terrifying.”
Pouchain’s status as a deceased is a result of a 2017 Lyon court ruling deeming her dead despite no death certificate being presented. The decision came at the end of a legal dispute with a former Pouchain cleaning company employee who was seeking compensation after losing her job 20 years ago.
But the initial complaint in the French Prudhum workers court missed, and fell on Pouchain, whose attorney claims her company is not responsible for the dismissal. Puchin and her lawyer Sylvain Cormier said that a series of legal procedures, decisions and appeals followed, leading to the Court of Cassation, the highest court in France, which dismissed the case as outside its scope.
According to Pouchain and her attorney, the spiraling judicial errors ended with the 2017 ruling by the Lyon Court of Appeals that Pouchain was not among the neighborhoods. The legal predicament is all odd because, as Pouchain claims, neither she nor her relatives received a summons to attend the hearing.
Bushin’s husband and son were left with an order to pay the former employee 14,000 euros ($ 17,000).
Last Monday, Cormier’s lawyer filed an extraordinary request to nullify the 2017 Lyon Court of Appeal decision due to a “grave error” by the judges. He said he had never before dealt with such a “crazy” situation.
He said, “At first, I had a hard time believing my clients.”
Pouchain says she cannot forgive her former employee for her ordeal but that she will not identify the woman. The former employee’s lawyer did not respond to several requests for comment.
Cormier points an accusing finger at the judges and their “extreme reservation to correct their mistake.”
He said, “When a mistake is so serious, it’s hard to admit.”
Pouchain remains stubbornly hopeful that her lawyer’s attempt to overturn the ruling will be successful.
“It’s my last chance to get my life back,” she said.