Exit from the network: The French Competition Authority qualifies as a merger the acquisition of a minority stake by the franchisor preventing the franchisee from leaving the network and considers the law on anti-competitive practices inapplicable (Carrefour)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Carrefour is going through a major crisis, judging by the persistent rebellion of some franchisees, which ARTE recently reported on in a highly acclaimed documentary ("Hypermarkets, the fall of the empire", by Rémi Delescluse). Caught between the decline of its hypermarkets and the arrival of new digital players, the company owes its prosperity only to the model of local shops ("Carrefour city" stores in particular); a model that is built on a very unfair sharing of the global distribution margin. Indeed, some franchisees complain about very high purchase prices. In the report broadcast by ARTE, one of them dares to claim that it would be more profitable

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Nicolas Éréséo, Exit from the network: The French Competition Authority qualifies as a merger the acquisition of a minority stake by the franchisor preventing the franchisee from leaving the network and considers the law on anti-competitive practices inapplicable (Carrefour), 27 September 2021, Concurrences N° 1-2022, Art. N° 105382, pp. 112-114

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