Possibility of Declining a Request
(1) The competent authority of the Requested Party may decline to assist where the request is not made in conformity with this Agreement or where the disclosure of the information requested would be contrary to public policy (ordre public).
(2) The provisions of this Agreement shall not impose upon a Contracting Party the obligation to supply information which would disclose any trade, business, industrial, commercial, trade process or professional secret (confidential communications between a client and an attorney, solicitor or other admitted legal representative where such communications are produced for the purposes of seeking or providing legal advice or for the purposes of use in existing or contemplated legal proceedings), provided that information described in paragraph (4) of Article 5 shall not by reason of that fact alone be treated as such a secret or trade process.
(3) A request for information shall not be refused on the ground that the tax claim giving rise to the request is disputed.
(4) The Requested Party shall not be required to obtain and provide information which the Requesting Party would be unable to obtain under its own laws for the purpose of the administration or enforcement of its own tax laws or in response to a valid request made in similar circumstances from the Requested Party under this Agreement.
(5) The Requested Party may decline a request for information if the information is requested by the Requesting Party to administer or enforce a provision of the tax law of the Requesting Party, or any requirement connected therewith, which discriminates against a national or citizen of the Requested Party as compared with a national or citizen of the Requesting Party in the same circumstances.