The French Supreme Court holds that a letter requesting to attend hearings interrupts the prescription period and restrictively applies Art. 6.1 and 7.1 ECHR (Strasbourg European Parliament)

Background In its decision dated 21 September 2005, the French Competition Council sanctioned, on the basis of Article L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code (FCC), the provision mirroring Art. 81 EC, eight companies (Cilia, Somoclest, CCB Dufaylite, DBS, Sort et Chasle, Soe Stuc et Saff, Lassince et fils) that tendered to a construction and building market launched by a public office in charge or renovating the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Two invitations to tender had been held (11 March 1994 and 2 December 1994), involving four sets of works. As the first offers submitted by the companies widely exceeded the estimate made by the Strasbourg public office, a second invitation to tender was organized. Jacqmin Cie won the bids for all the works,

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Raphaël Chétrit, François Blanc, The French Supreme Court holds that a letter requesting to attend hearings interrupts the prescription period and restrictively applies Art. 6.1 and 7.1 ECHR (Strasbourg European Parliament), 6 November 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2007, Art. N° 20294

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