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Distribution of cosmetic products : The French Competition Council decides on the practice in the distribution of cosmetic products sold in pharmaceutical stores (Pierre Fabre)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Facts A manufacturer of cosmetic products prohibited its authorised distributors from selling certain brands of cosmetic and personal hygiene products on the Internet. He was prosecuted for infringement of Articles L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code and 81 of the Treaty of the European Communities. Decision "An Internet site is not a place of marketing but an alternative means of sale used, such as direct store sales or mail order, by distributors in a network with physical sales outlets. [...] [The manufacturer] does not demonstrate how the disputed restriction of competition would be necessary to ensure better monitoring of its distribution

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Marie Koehler de Montblanc, Distribution of cosmetic products : The French Competition Council decides on the practice in the distribution of cosmetic products sold in pharmaceutical stores (Pierre Fabre), 29 October 2008, Concurrences N° 1-2009, Art. N° 27682, www.concurrences.com

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