The French Competition Authority fines exclusionary practices and requires the removal of exclusivity clauses in the self-catering accommodations market on the basis of Art. 82 EC (Gîtes de France)

Referred to by the Ministry of the Economy, the French Competition Council examined in its decision 06-D-06 of March 17, 2006 the practices implemented by the main French organization offering labels to owners of self-catering accommodations in France. As a matter of fact, the federation “Gîtes de France” gathers several associations of private homeowners of self-catering accommodations in the countryside wishing to put them up for rent. Any rural homeowners can hence receive the label Gîtes de France if the housing meets certain requirements. Other organizations are also active on the market (“Clévacances” and “Accueil Paysan” in particular). The Competition council

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Laura Cerny, The French Competition Authority fines exclusionary practices and requires the removal of exclusivity clauses in the self-catering accommodations market on the basis of Art. 82 EC (Gîtes de France), 17 March 2006, e-Competitions March 2006, Art. N° 554

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