The French Competition Council specifies the scope and the mechanism of its anti-cartel leniency programme by simultaneously issuing its first leniency decision and publishing a procedural leniency notice (Doors manufacturing)

On 11 April 2006, the French Competition Council (“CC” or “the Council”) issued simultaneously its first ever formal decision in a leniency application procedure and a notice on the French leniency programme. The case at stake involved ten wooden-door producers that have operated two cartel agreements. Nine of them were fined a total amount of € 5 million, while the whistleblower, France Portes, was granted total immunity and thus avoided a sanction of € 1.25 million. The leniency mechanism was adopted in France in 2001 as a part of the general overhaul of the country's competition legislation, and thus, unlike several of its older counterparts in other legal systems (United States, European Union), is contained not in soft law documents but in a statutory instrument, Article L. 464-2-IV

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Ivan Gurov, The French Competition Council specifies the scope and the mechanism of its anti-cartel leniency programme by simultaneously issuing its first leniency decision and publishing a procedural leniency notice (Doors manufacturing), 11 April 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2006, Art. N° 532

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