LEGAL PRACTICE: PROCEDURES - INTERIM MESURES - ACCESS TO A MARKET - ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURES

Interim measures in France: A really enviable model?

The Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, considers tougher enforcement with respect to interim measures and eyes the French regime with interest. It is now established that the French Competition Authority enjoys wide powers to adopt decisions ordering interim measures. This study presents an analysis of the decision-making practice of the FCA in the field of interim measures since 2001. Above all, it shows that interim measures almost invariably generate irreversible effects in competition cases, seeing as granting access to a market, clients or infrastructure belonging to the defendant nearly inevitably leads to a loss of turnover. The authors believe that these cases amount to prejudgments and call for a stricter legal test at both French and EU level.

1. La commissaire à la concurrence, Margrethe Vestager, songe actuellement à renforcer l'action de la Commission européenne en matière de mesures conservatoires [1]. Dans ce contexte, elle déclare porter un intérêt particulier à l’exemple français, considérant – à tort ou à raison – que l’Autorité française de la concurrence (“l’Autorité”) a connu un grand succès dans le domaine des mesures conservatoires [2]. Il est vrai que l’Autorité a été très active et a adopté davantage de mesures conservatoires qu’aucune autre autorité de la concurrence dans l’Union européenne [3]. 2. Ceci est certainement lié à la grande liberté dont jouit l’Autorité française de la concurrence en matière de mesures conservatoires. À ce titre, on remarque d’emblée que le code de commerce ne fournit aucune définition de ce qu’est une mesure

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  • Latham & Watkins (Brussels)
  • University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas

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Guillaume Blanc, Adrien Giraud, Interim measures in France: A really enviable model?, September 2018, Concurrences Review N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87235, www.concurrences.com

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