The Paris Court of Appeals upholds the French Competition Council’s decision on cement supply and distribution in Corsica but reduces fines (Lafarge Ciments / Vicat)

On 6 May 2008, the Paris Court of Appeals (the "Court of Appeals") upheld a decision of the Conseil de la concurrence (the "Competition Council") in case 07-D-08 on 12 March 2007 (Decision 07-D-08) relating to practices in cement supply and distribution in Corsica. In its decision, the Competition Council fined operators active on the island of Corsica, which constitutes a specific market, for anticompetitive practices. An interesting point in this case is that the Court of Appeals nonetheless decided to reduce the fines in view of the facts considered by the Competition Council, on the basis of the proportionality principle. Background There is no cement manufacturer in Corsica. As a result, all cement distributed on the island has to be imported by sea. Most of the cement used in

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Charles Saumon, The Paris Court of Appeals upholds the French Competition Council’s decision on cement supply and distribution in Corsica but reduces fines (Lafarge Ciments / Vicat), 6 May 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Collective dominance, Art. N° 19652

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