French Competition Authority

French Competition Authority (Paris)

The Law on the modernisation of the economy (LME), passed on 4th August 2008, transformed the Conseil de la concurrence into a new Autorité de la concurrence, the Competition Authority. This reform shows a firm political determination: to endow a single agency with strengthened power and means will improve its efficiency for the benefit of businesses and consumers. Like in other European countries, the French Competition Authority will, from now on, in a modern and consolidated way, carry out all activities of competition regulation (inquiries, antitrust activities, merger control, publication of opinions and recommendations). The Authority’s investigation services will now handle both preliminary inquiries and full investigations, which had been previously split between two different organizations (the DGCCRF and the Conseil de la concurrence). Entrusting both procedures to a single body will result in important benefits in terms of quality, efficiency and effectiveness during the phase of investigation and analysis of cases. Moreover, the Authority is now responsible for merger control. It will assess the competition implications of the mergers, taking into account the possible efficiency gains. The executive power may, nonetheless, have the final say in the situations where the country’s fundamental interests are at stake.

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DG COMP (Brussels)
OECD - Competition Division
Council of the European Union (Brussels)

Articles

41219 Bulletin

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines an undertaking for excessive pricing in the market of waste disposal for hospitals and clinics in Corsica (Sanicorse)

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Management of infectious medical waste generated by healthcare activities* The Autorité de la concurrence has fined the company Sanicorse for increasing abruptly, significantly, durably and in an unjustified manner the waste disposal prices it charged hospitals and clinics in Corsica. The (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a retailer and distributor of electronic products for failing to comply with its merger remedies (Fnac / Darty)

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Fnac’s acquisition of Darty* The Autorité de la concurrence fines Fnac Darty Group €20 million for failing to divest itself of three stores, which was the pre-condition for clearance of the transaction. The Autorité also orders Fnac Darty to divest itself of two stores in lieu of those that it (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority renders legally binding a set of remedies of a media company leaving its subscribers free to choose their TV decoder to watch its programmes (Canal Plus)

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Satellite Pay TV* The Autorité de la concurrence makes the commitments of Groupe Canal Plus binding, leaving its subscribers free to choose their TV decoder to watch its programmes. The complaint A satellite decoder manufacturer lodged a complaint with the Autorité de la concurrence relating (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority rejects the request for interim measures filed by a law firm relating to practices implemented by the Toulouse Bar Association (AGN Avocats)

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Law firms* The Autorité de la concurrence rejects the request for interim measures filed by the company AGN Avocats relating to practices implemented by the Toulouse Bar Association, but pursues the investigation into the merits of the case. The company AGN Avocats Développement, hereinafter (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority is asked for an opinion by the Government regarding the import and distribution of consumer goods in the French overseas departments

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French overseas territories* The Autorité de la concurrence has been asked for an opinion by the Government regarding the import and distribution of consumer goods in the French overseas departments The Ministry of Finance and Economy submitted a request, on behalf of the Government, to the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a human resource consulting firm for non-compliance with certain remedies addressing practices implemented in the temporary employment sector (Randstad)

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Temporary employment sector* The Autorité de la concurrence fines Randstad 4.5 million euros for non-compliance with certain commitments undertaken in 2009 The Autorité de la concurrence today issues a decision imposing a joint fine on companies Groupe Randstad France SAS, Randstad SAS, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the market for the production and sale of ready meals (Financière Cofigeo / Agripole group)

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Acquisition of William Saurin* The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition Financière Cofigeo of certain securities and assets of the ready meals arm of Agripole group (William Saurin, Panzani, Garbit) subject to two targeted divestments designed to maintain competition in the sector. (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority acknowledges the decision of the Minister of Economy and Finance to use his power to reexamine the merger in the market for the production and sale of ready meals (Financière Cofigeo / Agripole group)

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Acquisition of William Saurin - Reaction of the Autorité after the Minister of Economy’s decision* The Autorité de la concurrence acknowledges the decision of the Minister of Economy and Finance to use its power to reexamine the operation, cleared by the Autorité today regarding the acquisition (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a professional syndicate of winemakers for an anticompetitive agreement (Syndicat général des vignerons réunis des Côtes du Rhône)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Syndicat général des vignerons réunis des Côtes du Rhône (the professional syndicate of Côte du Rhône winemakers) for an anticompetitive agreement* Based on a report submitted by the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines an undertaking for implementing anticompetitive agreements in the tobacconist security provision sector (Sécurité Vol Feu)

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Anticompetitive agreements in the tobacconist security provision sector in the Isère département* The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Sécurité Vol Feu company Following an investigation carried out by the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority closes its investigation against agricultural tractor manufacturers after ensuring that they change their commercial practices in respect of dealers in order to strengthen competition and diversify supply (John Deere / AGCO)

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Sale of agricultural tractors* The Autorité closes the investigation against agricultural tractor manufacturers John Deere and AGCO (Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Laverda and Valtra). It has ensured that the manufacturers change their commercial practices in respect of dealers in order to (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes for the first time a fine of 30 millions euros to a company for obstructing the investigation (Brenntag)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines Brenntag 30 million euros for obstructing the investigation* The Autorité today publishes a decision by which it fines the Brenntag SA (hereinafter « Brenntag ») and Brenntag AG companies for having infringed the provisions of V of article L. 464-2 of the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the sector of collection and recovery of non-hazardous office waste (La Poste / Suez)

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Collection and recovery of non-hazardous office waste sector* In an unprecedented move, the Autorité de la concurrence closes a litigation procedure, and on the same day, clears a merger involving the same activity. The Autorité obtained commitments from La Poste regarding the promotion, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a pharmaceutical laboratory for having first prevented then restricted the development of generic versions of a drug (Janssen-Cilag / Johnson & Johnson)

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The Autorité de la concurrence imposes a fine of 25 million euros on Janssen-Cilag laboratory and its parent company Johnson & Johnson for having first prevented then restricted the development of generic versions of Durogesic, its originator medicinal product.* Background Following a (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the home decoration and gardening retail market (Bricorama / ITM Équipement de la Maison)

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The Autorité de la concurrence has cleared, subject to several conditions, the acquisition of the Bricorama group by ITM Équipement de la Maison (Bricomarché, Brico Cash)* Parties to the transaction On 18 October 2017, ITM Équipement de la Maison, a subsidiary of ITM Entreprises, which notably (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger in the market for the production and sale of ready meals (Financière Cofigeo / William Saurin)

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The Autorité de la concurrence has initiated an in-depth examination of the planned acquisition by Financière Cofigeo of certain securities and assets of the Agripole group’s Ready Meals division (William Saurin, Panzani and Garbit)* On 12 June 2017, Financière Cofigeo notified the Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority launches a vast sector-specific inquiry on the functioning of competition in the medicinal products and medical biology sectors

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As part of its advisory powers, the Autorité de la concurrence is launching a vast sector-specific inquiry on the functioning of competition in the medicinal products and medical biology sectors.* In particular it will look at the distribution of pharmaceuticals, their price regulation (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger in the online property advertising (Logic-Immo.com / SeLoger.com)

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The Autorité de la concurrence has begun an in-depth examination as part of the review of the take-over of Concept Multimédia (Logic-Immo.com) by the Axel Springer group (SeLoger.com)* The Axel Springer group, which is active mainly on the online property adverting market via SeLoger.com, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion to the Electronic Communications Authority concerning the fixed broadband and superfast broadband wholesale markets

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The Autorité de la concurrence issues an opinion to ARCEP (France’s Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority), in the framework of the fifth cycle of analysis of the fixed broadband and superfast broadband wholesale markets.* The Autorité de la concurrence agrees with most of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority conducts an initial intermediary assessment of the commitments made by an online accommodation booking company (Booking.com)

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The Autorité de la concurrence conducts an initial intermediary assessment of the commitments made by Booking.com.* The Autorité has not ruled out the possibility of issuing an opinion at its own initiative if the change in competition so requires, and is actively contributing to all of the (...)

French Competition Authority The EU Commission refers the review of a merger concerning two private hospital groups back to the French Competition Authority (Médipôle-Partenaires / Elsan)

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The European Commission has referred the review of the acquisition of Médipôle-Partenaires by Elsan back to the Autorité de la concurrence* On 31 January 2017, the European Commission has referred the review of the acquisition of sole control of Médipôle-Partenaires by Elsan, two private hospital (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the food wholesale sector and breaks with its previous practice concerning the delimitation of the market (Metro / Colruyt France)

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The Autorité de la concurrence clears Metro’s acquisition of Colruyt France (Pro-à-Pro)* On 28 November 2016, the European Commission referred the review of the acquisition of Colruyt France SAS (“Colruyt France”) by Metro AG (“Metro) back to the Autorité de la concurrence (see note on referrals in (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority publishes an opinion on the freedom of establishment for lawyers at the French Administrative Supreme Court and French Supreme Court

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Freedom of Establishment for lawyers at the French Administrative Supreme Court and the French Supreme Court* The Autorité de la concurrence issues an opinion on the freedom of establishment for lawyers at the French Administrative Supreme Court and French Supreme Court. In order to improve (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the agriculture sector (Agri-Négoce / Axéréal Participations)

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The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of sole control of Agri-Négoce by Axéréal Participations, subject to commitments* On 21 April 2016, the company Axéréal Participations, subsidy of the farming cooperative Axéréal, notified the Autorité de la concurrence of the acquisition of sole (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority carries out unannounced inspections on the market of manufacturing and distribution of sandwiches intended to food supermarkets

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The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence states that unannounced inspections were carried out on September 15 in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of sandwiches intended to food supermarkets.* On September 15th, following authorisation from the liberty and custody (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines suppliers and distributors of liquid fuel heating units for concluding horizontal and vertical anticompetitive agreements (PVG / Ligne Plus)

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Liquid fuel backup heating units* The Autorité de la concurrence fines both PVG and Ligne Plus suppliers for anticompetitive agreement on wholesale prices and sharing of customer base (horizontal agreement). Besides, both suppliers are fined for having set distributors’ resale prices to the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition starts, in collaboration with 9 National Competition Authorities and the EU Commission, a survey among hoteliers to assess the remedies implemented in the hotel booking sector (Booking.com)

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Hotel booking platforms* The Autorité de la concurrence launches, in collaboration with 9 national competition authorities and the European Commission, a survey among hoteliers in order to assess the effects of the remedies implemented in Europe in the hotel booking platforms sector. (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision concerning a case involving companies active in the distribution of consumer goods overseas (Henkel)

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Exclusive distribution of consumer goods in overseas territories – Settlement* Within the framework of a settlement between all the parties, the Autorité de la concurrence fines Henkel and its wholesaler-importers in several overseas departments €600,000. In brief The Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority refuses to lift the ban on exclusive broadcasting of premium sports channels pronounced against a pay TV channel (Canal Plus)

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The Autorité de la concurrence considers that the conditions are not currently satisfied to lift the ban on exclusive broadcasting of premium sports channels pronounced on Canal Plus. * The Autorité will engage, during the upcoming twelve months, in an in-depth work in dialogue with all the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation regarding a merger on the market of retail of cultural and electronic products (Fnac / Darty)

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The Autorité de la concurrence is opening a phase 2 examination of the acquisition of the Darty Company by the Fnac Group* On 17 February 2016, the Fnac group notified the Autorité of its proposed acquisition of the Darty company. Under its examination of the case, and following an initial (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority launches a public consultation in the context of the drafting of an opinion on the freedom of establishment of counsel positions at the French Administrative Supreme Court and French Supreme Court

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Counsels at the French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat)and the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation)* In application of the "Macron law", the Autorité de la concurrence is launching a public consultation in the context of the drafting of an opinion on the freedom of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority launches a public consultation in the context of the drafting of an opinion on the freedom of establishment of notaries, bailiffs and judicial auctioneers

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Notaries, bailiffs and judicial auctioneers* In application of the "Macron law", the Autorité de la concurrence is launching a public consultation in the context of the drafting of an opinion on the freedom of establishment of notaries, bailiffs and judicial auctioneers. This opinion will (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority launches unannounced inspections in the market of fire safety systems equipping businesses and buildings receiving the public

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Fire safety systems equipping businesses and buildings receiving the public* The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence states that unannounced inspections were carried out on February 18th in the sector of fire safety systems equipping businesses and buildings receiving the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority welcomes the adoption of an ordinance overhauling the regulatory framework of coach stations following the opening of the passenger coach transport market

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Passenger coach stations* Following the opening up of the passenger coach transport market last summer, the Autorité welcomes the government adoption of an ordinance overhauling the regulatory framework of coach stations and granting the sector regulator, the ARAFER, the range of instruments (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority publishes a decision by which it fines two anticompetitive agreements in the delivery service sector (Traditional and express delivery service)

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Delivery service (transporting parcels) industry* Today, the Autorité de la concurrence issues a decision by which it fines two anticompetitive agreements in the delivery service industry for a total amount of 672.3 million euros: The principal agreement in question has been subject to a (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority announces the launch of a public consultation by the EU Commission on how to ensure that national competition authorities effectively enforce competition law and invites all relevant stakeholders to contribute

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Launch of a public consultation by the European Commission* The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to ensure that national competition authorities effectively enforce competition law. The Autorité de la concurrence invites all relevant stakeholders to contribute to (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a telecommunications company for implementing abusive practices on the “business” market (SFR)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines SFR and its subsidiary in La Réunion 10.7 million euros for implementing abusive practices on the “business” market.* In brief The Autorité de la concurrence issues today a decision in which it fines SFR and SRR, SFR’s subsidiary in La Réunion, a total of 10.7 (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues a second opinion concerning the competitive impact of the switchover to free digital terrestrial television of several pay TV channels (LCI)

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Under the new procedure initiated by the CSA, the Autorité de la concurrence has issued a second opinion concerning the competitive impact of the switchover to free DTT by the LCI, Paris Première and Planète + pay TV channels* The Autorité releases an opinion issued today to the CSA (French (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority opens ex officio proceedings to review whether a internet provider has respected its merger remedies (SFR / Bouygues Telecom)

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SFR/Bouygues Telecom agreement to deploy fibre in very densely populated areas* Following a complaint made by Bouygues Telecom, the Autorité de la concurrence has opened ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which Numericable complies with its commitments made in relation to the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority starts dawn raids against several companies suspected of having implemented anti-competitive practices in the sector of processed fruits

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Processed fruits packaged in cups and pouches – dawn raids* The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence states that unannounced inspections were carried out on September 22nd in the sector of processed fruits packaged in cups and pouches On 22 September 2015, following (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority obtains commitments from several mainland alcohol manufacturers aiming to stop the exclusive distribution of their products in the French overseas territories (Pernod-Ricard)

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Distribution of consumer goods in the French overseas territories* The Autorité de la concurrence has obtained from several mainland manufacturers their commitment to put an end to the exclusive distribution of their products in the French overseas territories and to implement a competitive (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority examines two merger cases referred back by the EU Commission that would normally have fallen within the European jurisdiction (Auchan and Système U and Vedici / Vitalia)

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The European Commission has referred the examination of two major merger cases back to the Autorité de la concurrence* The European Commission has referred back to the Autorité de la concurrence two merger cases that would normally have fallen within its jurisdiction: the alliance agreement (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority extends the commitments made in the case of inter-bank fees associated with card payments (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires)

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Extension of the commitments made by the Groupement des Cartes Bancaires (CB Bank Cards Group) to the Autorité de la concurrence regarding the level of inter-bank payment fees until the European regulation comes into force.* In 2011, within the context of the examination by the Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority approves the sale of an oversea telecom company, a mandatory condition to clear a merger in the market of mobile telephony (SFR / Numéricable)

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Acquisition of SFR by Numericable: France’s Competition authority and ARCEP approve the sale to the firm Hiridjee of the Outremer Telecom mobile operations that Numericable agreed to divest in La Réunion and Mayotte* On 30 October 2014, the Autorité de la concurrence approved the sale of SFR to (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes fine on one telecommunication company for distortion of competition in the market for the renewal of the national occupancy contract of the Eiffel Tower site and in the sector relating to FM radio terrestrial broadcasting (TDF / TowerCast)

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The Autorité fines TDF 5.6 million euros for practices aimed at foreclosing its competitors from the Eiffel Tower site.* After the adoption of interim measures in 2007, the Autorité de la concurrence is today fining TDF 5.6 million euros for distortion of competition in the market for the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies in the regional daily press market (Les Journaux du Midi / La Dépêche du Midi)

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The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Les Journaux du Midi by La Dépêche du Midi.* The La Dépêche du Midi Group is mainly active in the South/South-West of France, with the publication of the following regional daily press titles: La Dépêche du Midi, La (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority obtains commitments from an owner of mobile operators pylons limiting the duration of new hosting contracts to 10 years (TDF)

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The Autorité de la concurrence obtains from TDF an improvement of the hosting contracts binding it to the mobile operators that use its pylons* In the scope of proceedings initiated before the Autorité de la concurrence by FPS Towers (hereinafter FPS), TDF commits to limiting the duration of new (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies between two gas providers in the intermediate and large-bulk LPG market (Totalgaz / UGI France)

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The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Totalgaz by UGI France, the parent company of Antargaz.* Among the commitments discussed and negotiated with the Autorité, UGI shall, in particular, be obliged to divest its stakes in the capital of several LPG (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes fines on three millers for cartel in the market of flour sold to craft bakeries (Axiane Meunerie / Minoteries Cantin / Grands Moulins de Strasbourg)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines 3 millers for anticompetitive agreements on increases in the price of flour sold to craft bakeries.* The Autorité de la concurrence issues today a decision whereby it fines Axiane meunerie, Minoteries Cantin and Grands Moulins de Strasbourg a total of 1.1 (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority opens ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which a phone carrier complies with commitments (SFR / Numéricable)

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Acquisition of SFR by Numericable.* The Autorité de la concurrence opens ex officio proceedings to review the conditions under which Numericable complies with its commitment to divest Outremer Telecom’s mobile telephony activities in La Réunion and Mayotte. On 30 October 2014, the Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes heavy fines on several manufacturers of home and personal care products for having implemented concerted practices (Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Reckitt Benckiser)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines concerted practices between manufacturers a total of 345,2 € millions and 605,9 € millions on each market concerned* The Autorité de la concurrence issues today a decision whereby it fines home care and personal care manufacturers for having implemented (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority receives commitments from an online hotel booking company aiming at ending practices likely to constitute an abuse of dominance (Booking.com)

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Online hotel booking sector* Booking.com has proposed to the Autorité de la concurrence to remove the so-called “pricing parity clause” obliging hotels to grant it pricing conditions that are at least as favorable as those granted to the other online platforms Hotels can now place booking.com in (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes fines on three removal companies for having presented cover quotes in order to distort competition in the military personnel relocation removals market (AGS Martinique, Martinique Déménagements and SMDTE)

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The Autorité de la concurrence fines three removal companies for having colluded in presenting cover quotes* The Autorité de la concurrence has issued a decision in which it fines three removal companies for having presented cover quotes in order to distort competition in the military personnel (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority receives commitments from a railway company aiming at increased autonomy of its subsidiary in the market of advice and technical assistance to urban transporters (SNCF, Keolis and Transdev)

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The SNCF takes steps towards the increased autonomy of its subsidiary Keolis in the market of advice and technical assistance to urban transporters. The Autorité de la concurrence consults the market on the proposed commitments* Within the scope of a procedure initiated before the Autorité de (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from a railway company in the distribution of train tickets market (SNCF and voyages-sncf.com)

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The Autorité de la concurrence obtains commitments from SNCF allowing travel agencies to compete on an equal footing with voyages-sncf.com. Following these changes, travellers should enjoy an enhanced offer of services.* Summary Following a complaint submitted to the Autorité de la concurrence (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority rejects the request for interim measures taking the form of a suspension of a network sharing agreement between two mobile phone companies (Orange / Bouygues Telecom and SFR)

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* Press release originally published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The title above has been amended in order to match the e-Competition format. The Autorité de la concurrence refuses to suspend the network sharing agreement signed between Bouygues Telecom and SFR* (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures against a gas provider and enjoins it to grant its competitors access to some of the data in its historic file (GDF Suez / Direct Energie)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence orders GDF Suez to grant its competitors access to some of the data in its historic file.* This access will enable competitors of GDF Suez to compete with the incumbent operator (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures against a TV company on the exclusive rights for the broadcasting of Top 14 matches market (Canal Plus / beIN Sports)

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Broadcasting rights for the French Rugby 1st Division Championship* Following a referral by beIN Sports, the Autorité de la concurrence suspends the agreement concluded between the French Rugby national League and Group Canal Plus which awarded the latter exclusive rights for the broadcasting (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a pharmaceutical laboratory for abuse of dominance by refusing to sell its medical information database (Euris / Cegedim)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence has imposed Cegedim a 5.7 million euros fine for having abusively refused to sell its medical information database to certain pharmaceutical laboratories* The medical databases (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a mobile phone operator and its subsidiary for implementing discriminatory prices for calls to its competitors’ networks in the overseas territory market (SFR and SRR)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines SFR and its subsidiary in La Réunion SRR nearly 46 million euros.* The Autorité de la concurrence has today issued a decision whereby it has imposed a fine of 45.9 million (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority receives commitments from a railway company aiming at ending the competition concerns identified in the distribution of train tickets sector (SNCF / voyages-sncf.com)

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The SNCF makes progress on the path to the equitable treatment of its voyages-sncf.com website and travel agencies* Within the scope of a procedure initiated before the Autorité de la concurrence, SNCF has proposed a series of commitments designed to make voyages-sncf.com and competing travel (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority receives commitments from a coffee machines maker to remove barriers to entry on the coffee capsules market (Nespresso)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Nespresso is submitting commitments before the Autorité de la concurrence to lift barriers to entry for other coffee capsule makers - compatible with Nespresso coffee machines - as well as barriers to their (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments of the holder of a legal monopoly over horserace bets placed in physical outlets, to separate its online horserace betting activity from its point of sale network (Betclic / PMU)

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The Autorité de la concurrence has obtained a commitment from the PMU, which will separate its online horserace betting activity from its network of points of sale under monopoly. With this decision, the Autorité ensures that diversified legal supply is maintained, to the consumer’s benefit, on (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines an owner of sports newspapers for implementing eviction practices in sports press sector (Le 10Sport.com / Les Éditions Philippe Amaury)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence has fined the Groupe Amaury for having driven out of the market a new entrant in the sports press – Le 10Sport.com* The Autorité de la concurrence has fined Les Éditions Philippe (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority requests consultation in relation to commitments proposed for a notified acquisition in the TV-broadcasting sector (Canal Plus / D8 and D17 TV Channels)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Canal Plus has just renotified the acquisition of D8 and D17 TV channels. The Autorité de la concurrence has decided to seek sector-specific regulators’ and market players’ views on the new draft commitments* (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a pharmaceutical laboratory particularly for abuse of dominance by denigrating its competitors and for implementing anticompetitive agreements with its supplier (Arrow / Schering-Plough)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Schering-Plough pharmaceutical laboratory a total of 15.3 million euro for hindering entry onto the market of the generic of its originator medicinal product Subutex®* (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority submits its draft recommendations for public consultation and calls for the modernization of the conditions applicable for granting authorizations to operate routes

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence calls for greater competition within the interregional coach transport sector to enable consumers to benefit from cheaper transportation means which are moreover opening new (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority receives commitments from the incumbent betting company in order to distinguish its online horserace betting activities from those dealing with horserace betting in physical outlets (Betclic / PMU)

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PMU proposes commitments in order to distinguish its online horserace betting activities from those dealing with horserace betting in physical outlets* Following a complaint lodged by Betclic Everest Group (hereinafter Betclic) with the Autorité de la concurrence, the PMU proposed separating (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues several recommendations designed to ensure the necessary preservation of a level playing field in the railway sector

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence publishes the opinion it provided to the French government concerning a bill on railway reform. The Autorité issues several recommendations that are designed to reconcile the logic (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears an acquisition of sole control on the market for public transportation subject to commitments (Transdev & Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of sole control of the Transdev group by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations subject to the maintenance of the commitments made in 2010*. On 26 April (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, the merger between two companies manufacturing earthenware construction materials (Bouyer-Leroux / Imerys TC)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Imerys TC assets by Bouyer-Leroux. The commitments made by Bouyer-Leroux enable the removal of all risks to competition in the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority closes a case after plaintiff withdrawed its complaint relating to access to infrastructure facilities in the telecom sector (Free / Orange)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Orange and Free have ended a dispute brought before the Autorité de la concurrence relating to conditions for access to the incumbent operator’s civil engineering infrastructure. The agreement entered into by (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines associations of veterinaries for entering into an anticompetitive agreement (Conseil Regional de l’Ordre des Vétérinaires d’Alsace & Section du Bas-Rhin du Syndicat National des Vétérinaires d’Exercice Libéral)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Conseil Regional de l’Ordre des Vétérinaires of Alsace [1] and the Veterinary Surgeons’ Union of Bas-Rhin for entering into an anticompetitive agreement*. Today, the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority examines the creation of a joint venture in the animal nutrition sector after a referral of the European Commission (Glon Sanders & Euralis)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence will examine the creation of a joint venture by Glon Sanders (subsidiary of Sofiprotéol) and the Euralis cooperative group*. At the request of the undertakings, the European (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority acknowledges it does not have jurisdiction over decisions made by bodies which are not economic operators (Conseil supérieur des messageries de presse)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence does not have jurisdiction over decisions made by the Conseil supérieur des messageries de presse (CSMP)*. The Autorité de la concurrence today issued a decision whereby it (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority concludes to an absence of infringement of competition rules following a complaint by several actors of the ophthalmic sector (Kalivia)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Kalivia was not in breach of competition rules when it set up its network of authorised opticians*. The Autorité de la Concurrence was informed by a professional body of opticians (the SynOpE) and two (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority refuses to issue interim measures regarding alleged practices in the photovoltaic electricity sector (SUN’R / EDF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence will not issue interim measures against EDF but will pursue its investigation on the basis of the complaint lodged by SUN’R*. The Autorité de la concurrence, following a complaint (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a complementary social protection organisation for having breached the notification requirement of a merger project (Réunica / Arpège)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines Réunica for having breached the notification requirement of a merger project*. The Autorité de la concurrence just issued a ruling in which it imposed a fine of €400,000 on (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority publishes an opinion on the inclusion of so-called ’historical’ additional costs in the equalisation system between press distribution services

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence has published an opinion on the inclusion of so-called ’historical’ additional costs in the equalisation system between press distribution services. The Autorité is not in favour of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on the single-issue press distribution sector assessing the various systems for untwining the supply chain

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Upon request from the government, the Autorité de la concurrence assesses the compatibility with competition regulations of the various systems envisaged by players in the sector to untwine press transport (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority renders legally binding some commitments offered to solve competition concerns raised in the distribution of insurance products to golfers (Eurogolf / Fédération Française de Golf)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence makes the commitments proposed by the ’Fédération Française de Golf’ mandatory. Golf players (or licensees) may take out insurance of their choice, which may differ from that offered (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines several companies solding show tickets for entering into anticompetitive agreements (Fnac, France Billet & Ticketnet)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines the companies Fnac, France Billet and Ticketnet for entering into anticompetitive agreements* Following a referral from the French Minister for Economy, the Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes fines on two companies for implementing anticompetitive practices in the mobile telephony sector (Orange and SFR)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines Orange and SFR a total of €183 million for implementing anticompetitive practices in the mobile telephony sector. Orange and SFR marketed offerings, mainly between 2005 and (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority publishes its recommendations to the New Caledonian government authorities regarding the food retail sector and the competition control bodies (Gouvernement de Nouvelle-Calédonie)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence publishes its recommendations to the Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonian government authorities) regarding the food retail sector and the competition control (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the public transport sector, subject to the maintenance of commitments previously made (SNCF / Keolis)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of sole control of Keolis by SNCF, subject to the maintenance of the commitments made in 2010* On 23 July 2012, the European Commission referred the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a company active in the slaughtering and meat processing sector for breaching an important commitment conditioning a merger clearance (Bigard / Socopa)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence sanctions the Bigard Group for breaching an important commitment conditioning the takeover of Socopa* The Autorité de la concurrence, noting that the Bigard Group failed to fulfil (...)

French Competition Authority The Paris Commercial Court seeks the opinion of the French Competition Authority on the broadcasting rights for championship football matches (Ligue de Football professionnel)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Paris Commercial Court seeks the opinion of the Autorité de la concurrence on the compatibility with competition rules of the call for tenders the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP - French professional (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, under conditions, a merger on the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning products sector (Point P / Brossette)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Subject to the sale of 22 retail outlets, the Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Brossette by the Point P group* In November 2011, at the request of Point P, a subsidiary of the Saint-Gobain (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger in the electricity and gas supply markets (Electricité de Strasbourg / Enerest)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears – subject to conditions – the acquisition of Enerest by Electricité de Strasbourg (EDF Group)*. Electricité de Strasbourg, a company owned 88.82% by EDF, is a local (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines several civil engineering companies for having distorted competition in the civil engineering sector in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (GIE Exploitation des carrières)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines several companies in the sector for having distorted competition in the civil engineering sector on the archipelago*. After starting ex officio proceedings, further to (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts and renders mandatory the commitments proposed to solve competition concerns on the meteorological services for businesses sector (Météo-France)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence makes commitments by Météo-France regarding a clear separation between its business activities and its public service remit binding. Météo-France commits in particular to upgrade and (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines several undertakings active on the leisure, culture and tourism engineering sector for an anticompetitive agreement on prices (Géfil, Deloitte)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines several consulting firms and the sector’s trade association for an anticompetitive agreement on prices*. The Autorité de la concurrence has just issued a decision (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority declines to impose emergency measures but will continue to investigate on alleged practices in the markets for corporate servers and relational database management systems (RDBMS) (Hewlett-Packard / Oracle)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence declines to impose emergency measures against Oracle, but will continue to investigate the merits of Hewlett-Packard’s complaint*. Hewlett-Packard Company and Hewlett-Packard (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority renders legally binding commitments offered by leading retailer to remedy competition concerns on the retail distribution sector (Carrefour Market)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence makes commitments proposed by Carrefour concerning a Parisian supermarket franchised under the Champion name binding. Carrefour commits to adapt the standard Carrefour Market (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion in the context of the wholesale markets analysis of the new entrant and full MVNOs mobile voice call termination (Free Mobile, LycaMobile and Oméa Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité is in favour of Arcep’s proposal on ex ante regulation of Free Mobile and full MVNOs mobile voice call termination charges. It considers asymmetrical call termination charges for the benefit of the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger on the fuel and LPG distribution sector in the French West Indies and Guyana (Rubis / Chevron)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears under conditions the acquisition by Rubis Group of sole control of Chevron (Texaco)’s activities in the French West Indies and Guyana*. The Autorité de la concurrence has (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger on the retail sale of household appliances and consumer electronics sector (HTM / Saturn)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to conditions, the acquisition of French Saturn stores’ sole control by HTM (Boulanger stores)*. The Autorité de la concurrence has investigated the takeover by (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines four companies that rigged bids for procurement contracts in the sector of painting services for naval equipments and engineering structures (Grivetto, Philippe Lassarat, Prezioso-Technilor & Sorespi Bretagne)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence fines four companies that rigged bids for procurement contracts in the sector of painting services for naval equipments and engineering structures*. After the French Minister of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions the three main container handling companies in the Reunion island for having agreed on the prices of their services (SAMR, Somacom & SGM Manutention)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité penalizes the three main container handling companies for having agreed on the prices of their services*. As it had indicated at the time of the publication of its two opinions relative to the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Auhtority issues an opinion concerning the dominant position of a search engine company in the market for online advertising (Google)

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The Autorité de la concurrence considers that Google holds a dominant position on the advertising market linked to search engines. It considers that competition law can apply limits to Google’s actions and provide a response to the competitive stakes brought to light by the actors, without the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority recommends a strict application of the exceptional legal provisions concerning the public awards of transport related services (Grand Paris)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence recommends a very strict application of the exceptional legal provisions concerning the markets for engineering and delegation of project management.* The Syntec-Ingenierie (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues a decision making compulsory commitments made by two companies to resolve competition concerns in the household plastic packaging waste treatment (Eco-Emballages & Valorplast)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Eco-Emballages and Valorplast commit to greater neutrality vis-à-vis local and regional administrations in order to ensure full competition between buyers.* Following a referral by DKT International, the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments in order to address competition concerns in the discount coupons sector (HighCo / Sogec / Perifem)

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The Autorité de la concurrence accepts commitments enabling all market operators to use Webcoupon or to develop equivalent solutions.* After a referreal by the Institut de liaisons et d’études des industries de consommation (ILEC), and the company Ma Liste de Courses (MLDC), which complained of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on the introduction of a lawyer’s countersignature for private documents, after a request of chartered accountants

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The creation of a lawyer’s countersignature does not have an effect of harming competition in the market for consultation and drafting services for legal documents as provided to companies.* A referral for an (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clarifies the opinion it provided to the the French Telecommunications and Posts Regulator on the high and very high speed Internet access coverage

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The Autorité de la concurrence provides clarifications regarding the opinion that it provided to the ARCEP on the ramp-up of access speed.* On 22 December 2009, the Autorité de la concurrence provided the French Telecommunications and Posts Regulator (Autorité de Régulation des Communications (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a professional association for having called for a boycott of opticians on the replacement of glasses without a prescription sector (Syndicat national des ophtalmologistes de France - SNOF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence sanctions the French national association of ophthalmologists (Syndicat national des ophtalmologistes de France - SNOF) for having called for a boycott of opticians affiliated (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, under conditions, a merger in the food retail distribution sector in French overseas territories (Hoio / Louis Delhaize)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence authorizes the acquisition of certain companies of the Louis Delhaize distribution group by the Hoio group, subject to the sale of a store in Martinique.* The Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority rejects the request for interim measures to address competition concerns on the terrestrial hertzian broadcasting of television programmes by digital signal (Itas Tim / TDF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence does not declare emergency measures against TDF but continues the investigation on the merits regarding the complaint by Itas Tim.* The company Itas Tim had referred to the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger on the sector of distribution of DIY, decoration and gardening items (Mr Bricolage / Passerelle)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Subject to several conditions, the Autorité de la concurrence authorizes the acquisition of the Passerelle group by Mr Bricolage.* The Autorité de la concurrence has examined the acquisition of the Passerelle (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues five new favorable opinions on derogating agreements regarding the new rules for payment timeframes in the stationery, canned foods, tires, pets and two-wheeled vehicles industries

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Payment timeframes: The Autorité de la concurrence has issued five new favorable opinions regarding derogating agreements in the industries of stationery, canned foods, tires, pets and two-wheeled vehicles.* (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a professional association for having urged to territorial monopolies for dispensing pharmacists (Ordre des pharmaciens de Basse-Normandie)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Autorité de la concurrence condemns the Regional Council of the Ordre des pharmaciens de Basse-Normandie for urging a retirement home to use the pharmacies that are closest to it.* Referred to by a (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues a opinion favourable to the strengthening of the ex-ante regulation on the wholesale audiovisual broadcasting services market

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Wholesale audiovisual broadcasting services market: The Autorité de la concurrence delivers an opinion to the ARCEP in which it declares itself favourable to the strengthening of the ex-ante regulation.* In (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues two new favourable opinions on inter-branch agreements granting dispensation from the new rules on payment timeframes in the building and civil engineering materials-products and sanitary-heating-electrical equipment sectors

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Payment timeframes: The Autorité de la concurrence issues two new favourable opinions concerning derogating agreements in the building and civil engineering materials-products and sanitary-heating-electrical (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments made by the telecommunications incumbent to address competitions concerns about the marketing of its wholesale broadband offers (Mediaserv / France Télécom)

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Marketing of wholesale broadband offers: France Télécom makes commitments before the Autorité de la concurrence, designed to improve the quality of services provided to third-party operators in France’s overseas départements.* Following a complaint by the company Mediaserv, the Autorité de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues a favourable opinion regarding three derogating inter-professional agreements relative to the new rules on payment timeframes in the toy, DIY and watch making-jewellery sectors

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Payment timeframes: The Conseil de la concurrence has issued a favourable opinion regarding the derogating agreements signed in the toy, DIY and watch making-jewellery sectors.* Referred to by the Minister of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines several professional associations of dental surgeons for practices of boycott (Conseil national de l’Ordre des chirurgiens-dentistes)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence fines the National Board of the French Dental Surgeons Association (Conseil national de l’Ordre des chirurgiens-dentistes) and several of its regional boards for encouraging dental (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a taxi association and some of its members for colluding to prevent new taxis from setting up in the département of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (Syndicat d’artisans et entrepreneurs de taxis des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Anticompetitive agreement between taxi operators in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département: The Conseil de la concurrence sanctions a taxi association and some of its members for colluding to prevent new taxis (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion relative to the economic organisation of the sector of fruit and vegetable processing industry (Ministre de l’agriculture et de la pêche)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence encourages fruit and vegetable producers to organise themselves in order to strengthen their market power against distributors and reduce the offer’s uncertain nature, on condition (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines seven physicians’ unions for conspiring to increase fees for patient visits (Union des médecins spécialistes confédérés)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Sector 1 Specialist Physicians Overcharging Fees: The Conseil de la concurrence fines 7 physicians’ unions for conspiring to increase fees for patient visits.* Pursuant to an action brought by the Rural (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines five defibrillator manufacturers for agreeing to boycott a nation-wide call for tender organised by 17 hospitals (Biotronik France)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence fines five defibrillator manufacturers for agreeing to boycott a nation-wide call for tender organised by 17 hospitals.* The Conseil de la concurrence issues a decision against (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts some commitments to address competition concerns on the sector of distribution of medicines (GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Distribution of medicines: GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer commit themselves in front of the Conseil on the operating of their medicine quota system for wholesale distributors.* History of the case Following (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions an association of undertakings for having abused of its dominant position by conditioning the access to film distributors to certain areas (GIE Ciné Alpes)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Running of cinemas: The Conseil de la concurrence condemns the GIE Ciné Alpes for having conditioned the access to certain distributors to areas where it had a monopoly to the obtaining of exclusivity or (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures particularly to address denigration practices implemented in the pharmaceutical sector (Arrow / Schering-Plough)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence orders Schering Plough laboratory to remind doctors and pharmacists the exact bioequivalence of its brand name drug Subutex® with competing generic drugs* Following a complaint (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments made by the French energy incumbent to address competition concerns regarding the wholesale electricity supplies for retail sale (Direct Energie / EDF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Deregulation in the market for electricity supplies: A new wholesale offer proposed by EDF will allow alternative retail suppliers to effectively compete with the incumbent operator’s retail sales on the free (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority dismisses a complaint regarding an alleged abuse of dominant position on the market for passenger transport between Paris and London (Eurostar)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Paris-London: The Conseil de la concurrence considers that Eurostar did not adopt a predatory behaviour aimed at eliminating competition.* Following a complaint filed by British Airways on 18 November 2004, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines an Internet operator for implementing discriminatory practices on the high-speed internet access market (France Télécom / Wanadoo)

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After a negotiated settlement with the company, the Conseil de la concurrence imposes €45m fine on France Telecom for having hindered the development of internet access providers competing with its Wanadoo subsidiary* Following the referrals by T-Online and Liberty Surf companies, respectively (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments in order to address competition concerns regarding the remuneration of press distributors (NMPP & SAEM-TP)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence considers that the new complementary remuneration system proposed by NMPP meets the competition concerns.* In a decision of 9 October 2007, the Conseil de la concurrence has (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions several companies for having entered into an agreement on the market for high voltage electric cables (Nexans & Safran)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Agreement on the market for high voltage electric cables: The Conseil de la concurrence penalizes the major cable suppliers to €19.5 million for making an agreement during two successive invitations to bid (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a chocolate manufacturer for preventing distribution retailers from stocking up from the supplier of their choosing (Léonidas)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Chocolate distribution: The Conseil de la concurrence penalizes Léonidas to €120, 000 for preventing distribution retailers from stocking up from the supplier of their choosing.* Following a referral by the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures to address practices implemented by the incumbent operator on the terrestrial broadcasting of FM radio stations and analogical and digital TV sector (Towercast / TDF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Terrestrial broadcasting of FM radio stations and analogical and digital TV: The Conseil de la concurrence orders TDF to propose to towerCast a new wholesale hosting offer for broadcasting FM from the Eiffel (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments proposed by four pharmaceutical laboratories making the medicine quota system he more flexible for wholesale distributors (Boehringer-Ingelheim & Sanofi-Avantis)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Distribution of medicines: The Conseil accepts the commitments proposed by four pharmaceutical laboratories making the medicine quota system more flexible for wholesale distributors.* History of the case (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments but fines two companies for having entered into an agreement on the sector of laundry cleaning and renting (Elis & Initial BTB)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Agreement in the sector of laundry cleaning and renting fined up to 18 million euros: The Conseil de la concurrence accepts innovative commitments from the sector’s two leaders - Elis and Initial BTB – who will (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures aiming at ending the eviction practices of the French incumbent on the market of engineering, consultancy and checking of private telephone installations (Solutel / France Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence orders France Télécom to end its eviction practices on the market of engineering, consultancy and checking of private telephone installations.* Following a referral of November (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions several professional associations for having implemented anticompetitive practices on the cereal collection sector (Coopérative drômoise de céréales)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Sector for cereal collection: The Conseil de la concurrence penalizes 3 farming organisations for having distributed a price table for corn drying and 4 collecting cooperatives for having restricted (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes interim measures to address practices implemented by the incumbent operator on the sector of terrestrial analogical broadcasting of TV services (Emettel / TDF)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Terrestrial analogical broadcasting of TV services: Conseil de la concurrence imposes interim measures against TDF and orders not to prevent TV channels from entrusting to other operators the broadcasting of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority refuses to order interim measures regarding alleged eviction practices implemented in the sector of shipping transport between Corsica and the continent (CMN / SNCM)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Renewal of public service delegation contract / Corsica-Marseilles: New referral by Corsica Ferries: Conseil de la concurrence does not order interim measures but decides to continue the examination on the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions two French cement manufacturers for keeping for themselves the supply of Corsica to the detriment of foreign competitors (Lafarge Ciments / Vicat)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Supply and distribution of cement in Corsica: Conseil de la concurrence imposes fine of €25 million on cement manufacturers Lafarge and Vicat, and their distributors, for keeping for themselves the supply of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments taken by 10 companies of the cosmetic industry to introduce more competition into online sale of their products (Bioderma & Rogé Cavaillès)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Conseil de la concurrence facilitates online sale of cosmetic products: 10 companies of the cosmetic industry committed to introduce more competition into online sale of their products.* The Conseil de la (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a company for agreeing with distributors to have set a single resale price in the sector of game consoles and video games (PlayStation 2)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence penalizes Sony Computer Entertainment France for agreeing with distributors to have set a single resale price on Play Station 2 during French launching.* Following a referral by (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions several companies for having entered into an agreement in the sector for the collection and the treatment of wastes in Seine-Maritime (Veolia Propreté & Sita France)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Agreement in the sector for the collection and the treatment of wastes in Seine-Maritime: As part of a negotiated settlement, subsidiaries of Veolia Propreté and Sita France benefited from extenuating (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions 22 companies for having entered into an agreement on the sector of cycle and cycle products distribution (Master Cycle, Bouticycles)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Cycle and cycle products distribution: The Conseil de la concurrence imposes fine of 580 000 euros on a national scale agreement involving 22 companies.* Following a referral by the Minister of Economy on (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments made to address competition concerns regarding the access of local radios to national advertisement (GIE Les Indépendants)

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Access of local radios to national advertisement: The Conseil de la concurrence accepts the commitments of GIE Les Indépendants.* In its decision dated October 6th 2006, the Conseil de la concurrence has accepted the commitments proposed by the GIE (economic interest group) Les indépendants, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed to address competition concerns in the sector of directory assistance via telephone and Internet (France Télécom & PagesJaunes)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Directory assistance via telephone and Internet: The Conseil de la concurrence accepts commitments proposed by France Télécom andPages Jaunes and decides to close the case.* Following a referral in January 2006 (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions 34 building and civil engineering companies for engaging in widespread anti-competitive agreements involving public procurement contracts in the Ile-de-France area (Ile-de-France Public works)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Drapo software case: 34 building and civil engineering companies have been fined a total of 48 million euros by the Conseil de la Concurrence for engaging in widespread anti-competitive agreements (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures to address anticompetitive practices implemented in the press distribution sector (NMPP & SAEM-TP)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Press distribution: The Conseil de la concurrence orders NMPP and SAEM-TP to temporarily suspend the application of a new interprofessional protocol reached with press distributors.* In September 2005, the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts commitments to address competition concerns in the press distribution sector in New Caledonia and French Polynesia (NMPP)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Press distribution: NMPP offers the Conseil de la concurrence a commitment to introduce prices enabling independent exporters to distribute press in New Caledonia and French Polynesia under economically viable (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority decides to close the proceedings following an agreements between two phone companies regarding the use of commercial designations (France Télécom & Cégetel)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Use of "Numéro vert", "Numéro Azur" and "Numéro Indigo" commercial designations by competitors of France Télécom: Following an agreement between France Télécom and Cégétel, the provisions of which have been extended to (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority hands down a non-suit decision regarding alleged abuses of dominant position in the parallel trade of medicines (Pharma-Lab / GlaxoSmithKline)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Parallel trade in medicines: Pharmaceutical laboratories do not abuse their dominant position when they restrict or refuse deliveries of medicines to exporters, who seek to purchase products in France at an (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions several companies for having engaged in vertical price agreements regarding the distribution of video cassettes for children (Disney video cassettes)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Disney video cassettes for children: The Conseil de la concurrence fines the companies BVHE, Casino, Carrefour and SDO for engaging in vertical price agreements.* Following a referral from the Ministry of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions six building and civil engineering companies for having entered into a complex and continuous agreement during the awarding of public roadworks contracts (Roadworks in the Seine-Maritime département)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Roadworks in the Seine-Maritime département: The Conseil de la concurrence imposes fines totalling 33.6 million Euros on six building and civil engineering companies specializing in the supply of bituminous (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on a proposed system to enable intensive industrial electricity users to benefit from special electricity pricing conditions

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Electricity purchases by intensive industrial users: The Conseil de la concurrence is not opposed to the principle of long-term contracts but considers that the selection of industrial users should be based on (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion regarding potential competition problems raised by the planned privatisation of mixed-economy motorway operators

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Motorway Privatisation: The Conseil de la concurrence considers that the regulation of private monopolies resulting from privatisation will create difficulties unless a series of obligations are imposed on the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority dismisses a complaint regarding competition concerns on the market of passenger transport to the Isle of Saint Honorat (Cistercian monks of the Isle of Saint Honorat)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence rules that the Cistercian monks of the Isle of Saint Honorat did not ignore competition law by restricting passenger transport to and from the island exclusively to a company (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions the dominant operator of the market for street advertising furniture for having broken injunctions (Decaux Group)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The market for street advertising furniture: The Conseil de la concurrence fines the Decaux Group 10 million Euros for breach of injunctions.* Context of the case The Conseil de la concurrence has penalized (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a company and its distribution network for anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominant position in the dog food market (Royal Canin)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominant position in the dog food market: The Conseil de la concurrence fines Royal Canin and distribution network a total of 5,000,000 Euros.* Following a referral (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions 11 building and civil engineering companies for having entered into an anticompetitive agreement (Public works in the Meuse département)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Public works in the Meuse département: The Conseil de la concurrence finds 11 building and civil engineering companies guilty of entering into an anticompetitive agreement and imposes fines totalling 7 million (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions 21 building and civil engineering companies for having entered into an anticompetitive agreement during the awarding of contracts to construct civil engineering structures on the A84 motorway (Estuaries Road)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The A84 motorway, known as the "Estuaries Road": The Conseil de la concurrence finds 21 building and civil engineering companies guilty of entering into an anticompetitive agreement and imposes fines totalling (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority accepts the commitments of the authors rights’ collective management society to address competition concerns in this sector (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Authors can now separate the rights they entrust to the SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers). The Conseil de la concurrence accepts the SACD’s commitments and decides to close the case.* In an (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on the conditions in which a basic banking service might be set up (Confédération de la Consommation du Logement et du Cadre de Vie)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Universal banking service and competition rules: The Conseil de la concurrence issues its opinion at the request of the CLCV.* The Conseil received a referral from the Confédération de la Consommation du (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority rejects a request for interim measures regarding practices in the sector for advertising displays on the rail network and in the sector for passengers transport between Paris and London (Eurostar, SNCF & France Rail Publicité)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Complaint by British Airways against Eurostar, the SNCF and France Rail Publicité. The Conseil de la concurrence rejects the request for interim measures filed by British Airways.* On 18th November 2004, the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority orders interim measures regarding alleged abuses of dominant position in the mobile or fixed telephony sector and anticompetitive practices in the French overseas départements (Orange Caraïbe)

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Mobile telephony in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana - The Conseil de la concurrence hands down interim measures against Orange Caraïbe.* On 9th July 2004, the Conseil de la concurrence received a complaint from the mobile telephony operator Bouygues Télécom Caraïbe. The complainant claimed that (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority imposes a reduced fine to the French post office and mail order companies for having implemented anticompetitive discounts in their contracts (La Poste)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Anticompetitive discounts in contracts between the French post office, La Poste, and mail order companies - The Conseil de la concurrence notes the undertakings given by La Poste and reduces the penalties (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority dismisses a complaint regarding alleged anticompetitive practices in the sectors for Internet music downloads and digital walkmans (Apple Computer France)

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Internet music downloads - The Conseil dismisses VirginMega’s complaint against Apple, due to insufficient evidence in view of the case elements available.* On 28th June 2004, the Conseil de la concurrence received a complaint from the company VirginMega regarding practices by the company Apple (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority rejects a request for interim measures submitted to address alleged competition concerns in the sector for on-line travel deals (Lastminute.com)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. On-line travel deals - The Conseil de la concurrence rejects a request for interim measures submitted by the company Lastminute.com, but pursues the investigation of the case on the merits.* On 25th June (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on the conditions in which the telecommunication incumbent exercises its access operation activity on the one hand, and its telecoms system installation and maintenance activity on the other hand (France Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Integration of Cofratel into France Télécom - In response to a request for opinion by the FICOME, the Conseil recommends unbundled accounts and information.* The FICOME’s request On 3rd March 2004, the Conseil (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion on the telecommunication incumbent’s standard "Département innovant" convention (France Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence delivers the opinion the ART requested on France Télécom’s standard "Département Innovant" convention.* Following a referral by the Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications (ART, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines the dominant operator on the market for supplying street furniture to local and regional administrations for having abused of its position (Decaux group)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence fines the Decaux group for abuse of a dominant position.* Following a referral by the company More group France, the Conseil de la concurrence has found the Decaux group guilty (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority delivers a favourable opinion concerning the draft decree on the sale of broadcasting rights for sporting competitions (Minister of Economy)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence delivers a favourable opinion concerning the draft decree on the sale of broadcasting rights for sporting competitions.* Asked by the Minister of Economy to issue an opinion on a (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines the telecommunication incumbent for having broken the injunction issued against it as part of interim measures (France Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. ADSL Broadband Internet Access : the Conseil de la concurrence fines France Télécom 20 millions Euros.* Following a referral by the company 9 Télécom, the Conseil de la concurrence has fined France Télécom for (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues an opinion concerning the regulations governing taxi activity (Fédération Nationale des taxis indépendants)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. The Conseil de la concurrence issues an opinion on the taxi sector.* Following a referral by the Fédération Nationale des taxis indépendants (National Independent Taxi Federation), the Conseil de la concurrence (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions the telecommunication incumbent for having broken injunctions ordered to address an abuse of a dominant position on the market for trade in telephone subscriber lists (France Télécom)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Universal directory : France Télécom sanctioned by the Conseil de la concurrence for breaching an injunction.* Following a referral by the companies Sonera France (now Fonecta) and Scoot France, the Conseil de (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions a laboratory for having abused of its dominant position in the market for certain medicinal products intended for hospitals (Sandoz laboratories)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Laboratoires SANDOZ sanctioned for abusing their monopoly in the cyclosporin market.* In a decision dated 24th July, 2003, the Conseil de la concurrence imposed sanctions on laboratoires SANDOZ (which has now (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority sanctions major oil companies for having entered into agreements on the market of fuel distribution on motorways (Total Fina Elf France)

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Fuel distribution on motorways : the Conseil de la concurrence hands down sanctions against the major oil companies.* In a decision dated 31st March, 2003, following a referral by the Minister of Economy, the Conseil de la concurrence handed down sanctions against the company Total Fina Elf (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority hands down interim measures to address competition concerns regarding broadcasting rights for French First League football matches (Ligue de Football Professionnel)

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Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Broadcasting rights for French First League football matches - the Conseil de la concurrence hands down interim measures.* On 18th November 2002, the company TPS submitted to the Conseil de la concurrence an (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines three companies for implementing anticompetitive practices in the hospital medical gas sector (Air Liquide santé France)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Medical gases for use in hospitals : the Conseil de la concurrence sanctions practices by two subsidiaries of the Air Liquide Group* Following a referral from the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority closes a case in the mobile telephony sector but does not exclude the anticompetitive character of the practices (Orange France)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Orange France renounced to overcharge the calls of its consumers towards its competitors, the Conseil de la concurrence decided to close the case* On September 15 2002, Orange France1, implemented a new call (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority asks the Minister of Economy to conduct a review after establishing that two companies have abused their dominant position in the markets for water and purification (Compagnie générale des eaux and Lyonnaise des eaux)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Water market : the Conseil de la concurrence asks the Minister to raise questions over the joint subsidiaries of CGE and SLDE* In a decision dated 11th July 2002, the Conseil de la concurrence, which had (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines distributors and manufacturers for implementing anticompetitive agreements in the electrical appliances and audiovisual equipment market (Thomson and Akaï)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Electrical appliances and audiovisual equipment : the Conseil de la concurrence penalises an agreement between the main distributors and certain manufacturers* In a decision dated 28th June 2002, the Conseil (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines three main distributors of vouchers for implementing anticompetitive market sharing and price agreements in the luncheon-vouchers market (Accor, Sodhexo and Chèque-déjeuner)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Agreement in the market for luncheon-vouchers : the Conseil de la concurrence penalises the three main distributors of vouchers* In a decision dated 11th July 2001, following a referral by the Minister of (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines several construction companies for implementing anticompetitive market sharing and price agreements in the Côte d’Or department (Dijon Béton, Maggioni, Doras Matériaux, Pagot et Savoie & Bloc Matériaux)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Price agreements and market sharing : the Conseil de la concurrence penalises producers and distributors of concrete and related products* In a decision dated 28th June 2001, following a referral by the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority issues opinion on the conditions in which there may be possible concertation between consumer associations and representatives of a professional sector (Federal Union of Consumers)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Concertation between consumer associations and the banking profession : the Conseil de la concurrence issues its opinion* Following a request for opinion by the Union Fédérale des Consommateurs (Federal Union (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines TV channel for implementing market share discounts practices in the sales of television advertising space sector (TF1 / Canal plus)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Practices of market share discounts in the sector for sales of television advertising space : the Conseil de la concurrence sanctions TF1* In a decision dated 13th February 2001, following a request from the (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines major banks and credit establishments for implementing an anticompetitive agreement in the sector for property loans to private individuals (Crédit Agricole, Crédit Lyonnais, Société Générale)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Several major banks and credit establishments penalised for having implemented an anticompetitive agreement in the sector for property loans to private individuals in 1993 and 1994* In a decision dated 19th (...)

French Competition Authority The French Competition Authority fines a professional organization for organizing a boycott action against imports of Spanish strawberries (Coordination rurale du Lot-et-Garonne / French Federation of Fruit and vegetable Importers)

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Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Practices implemented in the sector for fruits and vegetables* In a decision dated 22nd February 2000, the Conseil de la concurrence ruled on a referral by the Fédération française des importateurs de fruits et (...)

European Commission, French Competition Authority Glossary: Fine mitigating

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According to the European Commission’s Guidelines on the method of setting fines imposed pursuant to Article 23(2)(a) of Regulation No 1/2003, the basic amount of fines may be reduced where the Commission finds that mitigating circumstances exist, such as: where the undertaking concerned (...)

French Competition Authority Glossary: Abuse of economic dependance

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The practices defined in Article L. 420-2 of the French Commercial Code concern the abusive exploitation of a position of strength : abuse of a dominant position and abuse of economic dependence. Abuse of economic dependence occurs when one economic actor is in a position of strength in (...)

French Competition Authority Glossary: Sector inquiry

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According to Article 17 of Council Regulation (EC) 1/2003, the Commission may conduct general inquiries into a particular sector of the economy or a particular type of agreements across various sectors where a trend of trade between EU Member States, price rigidity or other circumstances (...)

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