It is not clear how restricted [Jean-Claude Duvalier], his wife, and their six children will be by the order that officially "assigns him to residence" in the village of St. Vallier de Thiey near the town of Grasse in the French administrative district of Alpes-Maritimes. But he definitely will not be allowed to leave the district.
Duvalier, who is trying to force France to keep him, has filed suit against the French government, accusing the French of violating his human rights and those of his family, and of endangering their health by restricting their movements. His lawyer, Sauveur Vaisse, said the government is trying to isolate the Duvaliers, not allowing them to leave their hotel or talk with the press. The government argued that the court was not competent to take up the lawsuit, but the judges have agreed to hear the case in Paris on April 8.
Duvalier owns several homes in France, including a chateau outside Paris, an apartment in Paris and a villa in Nice, but he evidently does not own anything in the village of St. Vallier de Thiey. French newspapers reported that he probably will rent a residence there.