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FOREWORD : REFORM FRENCH COMPETITION LAW - RETAIL DISTRIBUTION LAW - CONSUMERS - BENEFIT - MARKET OPEATION - “LAISSEZ-FAIRE”

French competition law reform - Back to basics: "Laissez-faire" !

In view of the reform of French competition law, Professor Lucas de Leyssac suggests that 12 years of continuous changes of retail distribution law has proven enough that one can not pretend at the same time to be relying on a spontaneous market order and protect such or such category of operators.In order for consumers to benefit from the market, is there a better way than “laissez-faire” ?

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In France, such a suggestion is incongruous. Applied to the problematic sector of mass distribution it becomes provocative, even provocative. Yet it can be considered only realistic. The Order of 1 December 1986 left operators in the sector a margin of economic freedom because of the vagueness of the rule of law. To put it bluntly, the rule was at the time legally incomprehensible and therefore economically tolerant. But because it was legally imperfect, efforts were made to improve it. The law must progress... We now know the economic results of the progress of this law: before the 1996 law, French supermarkets were one of the most efficient - or, to

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Claude Lucas de Leyssac, French competition law reform - Back to basics: "Laissez-faire" !, May 2008, Concurrences N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16333, p. 1

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