The French Working Group on the de-penalization of business law in France takes steps towards de-penalization of anticompetitive practices (Coulon Report)

On 20 January 2008, the working group on the de-penalization of business law in France, led by Jean-Marie Coulon, First Interimary President of the Paris Appeal Court, issued a report. This group was created on the request of the current French government which wished to re-organize the criminal sanctions enforceable to business law infringements. This modernisation project concerned every aspects of business law, of which competition law. The report thus drafts new propositions regarding Article L. 420-6 of the French Commercial Code (hereinafter “FCC”) and a whole reflection is engaged on how to optimize retaliations to competition infringements. Restrictive practices (Articles L. 440 and following of the FCC) are also taken into account by the report. The latter proposes a

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The French Working Group on the de-penalization of business law in France takes steps towards de-penalization of anticompetitive practices (Coulon Report), 20 January 2008, e-Competitions January 2008, Art. N° 17559

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