In a circular dated 14 January 2013, the Ministry of Health has called to order the gynaecologists and obstetricians who pass on information about foreign clinics or institutions to French couples wishing to benefit from medically assisted procreation. At the origin of this circular is "the large growth in ‘procreative tourism’." Jean-Yves Grall, Director-General for Health in the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Health, points out that "the situation is getting worse with the increasingly offensive prospecting by foreign clinics and institutions."
In its circular, "the Ministry of Health reminds gynaecologists that they risk up to ‘five years imprisonment and a fine of €75,000’ if they direct their patients towards a foreign establishment whose practices regarding oocyte donations do not comply with the French legislation on MAP" [medically assisted procreation]. In effect, "doctors are responsible for putting their patients in contact with the foreign clinic or institution whose practices [regarding oocyte donations] do not comply with the French legislation and hence they are knowingly abetting a breach of French law."