The French Supreme Court alleviates the standard of proof of actual or potential effects of an abusive price squeeze in the telecommunications sector (ETNA / France Telecom)

This interesting case raises the question of the standard of proof that the French competition council must comply with, in showing the actual or potential effects of an abuse of dominant position. FACTS In June 1999, a French association of new entrant telecommunications operators complained to the French competition authority about practices of “price squeeze” carried out by two integrated telecom operators (i. e. operating both a fixed and a mobile network), namely SFR and mostly France Telecom (“FT”). They argued

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Michel Debroux, The French Supreme Court alleviates the standard of proof of actual or potential effects of an abusive price squeeze in the telecommunications sector (ETNA / France Telecom), 10 May 2006, e-Competitions May 2006, Art. N° 597

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