The French Competition Council accepts commitments aiming at providing access to a computer program in the press distribution sector (NMPP)

Background On 8 August 2003, Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse (MLP) filed a complaint with the French Competition Council (Council) regarding anticompetitive conduct of NMPP and SAEM-TP. The present decision addresses only NMPP's alleged attempt to evict MLP from the market by refusing to grant it direct automatic access to the Presse 2000 computer program. France's Bichet Law [1] seeks to ensure that the written press is distributed on the basis of neutrality and cooperation. The distribution chain consists of three levels. The first level is characterized by distribution cooperatives (messageries de presse) which group together various publishers. The largest actor at this level is NMPP, which has close corporate links to Hachette Group. Another actor is SAEM-TP, also with

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Natasha A. Moskvina, Igor Simic, The French Competition Council accepts commitments aiming at providing access to a computer program in the press distribution sector (NMPP), 25 February 2008, e-Competitions February 2008, Art. N° 18132

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