CONFERENCE: COMPETITION POLICY - UNFAIR COMPETITION - CONSUMER PROTECTION - COMPETITOR PROTECTION

From sanction of unfair behaviors against professionals to that of unfair behaviors against consumers (Towards a new competition law? Lyon, 28th of May 2015)

The conference that took place in Lyon on May 28th 2015 dealt with the future of competition law. The speakers of this panel got back to the strong link between unfair competition behaviors against professionals and those against consumers. Particularly, Sarah Bros and François Chénedé got back to the influence of restrictive practices of competition on French contract law reform. As for Nicolas Ferrier and Simon Hotte, they had the opportunity to deal with links between contract law and restrictive practices of competition.

Les débordements de la concurrence déloyale* Jacques Larrieu Professeur, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole * Le style oral de la communication a été volontairement conservé. 1. “La conquête de la clientèle est l’objet même du commerce : la concurrence est donc licite, comme est a priori licite le dommage concurrentiel, s’il ne résulte que du libre exercice d’une activité industrielle ou commerciale.” Ce rappel figure dans un ouvrage bien connu de droit des affaires [1]. Il faut, je le crois, partir de là : la liberté de conquérir la clientèle du voisin. Les limites de cette liberté doivent être l’exception dans une économie libérale fondée sur le marché. 2. “Toutefois”, ajoutent immédiatement les auteurs du même ouvrage, “les usages de la vie des affaires ont peu à peu défini un certain nombre de

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Yves Picod, Jacques Larrieu, Thierry Favario, Sylvie Thomasset-Pierre, From sanction of unfair behaviors against professionals to that of unfair behaviors against consumers (Towards a new competition law? Lyon, 28th of May 2015), February 2016, Concurrences Review N° 1-2016, Art. N° 77720, www.concurrences.com

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