CASE COMMENTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES - EXCLUSIONARY ABUSES –ECONOMICALLY UNSOUND STRATEGY – SPORTS PRESS

Exclusion: The French Competition Authority fines the owner of a newspaper for an abusive exclusionary conduct based on the economically unsound launch of a new daily newspaper in order to stop the market entry of a competitor on the market for daily sports press

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The decision of the Competition Authority (hereinafter 'the Authority') of 20 February 2014 concerning daily sports newspapers provides an interesting example of exclusionary abuse based on economically non-rational behaviour, i.e. giving rise to a financial sacrifice going beyond the usual concept of predatory pricing. For example, the Authority sanctioned the Amaury group, owner of the newspaper L'Équipe, for evicting a newly launched low-cost sports daily called Le 10Sport.com, published by the Le Journal du Sport company, in a few months, which had referred the matter to the Authority. To do so, the Amaury group had marketed its own low-cost sports

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Anne Wachsmann, Nicolas Zacharie, Exclusion: The French Competition Authority fines the owner of a newspaper for an abusive exclusionary conduct based on the economically unsound launch of a new daily newspaper in order to stop the market entry of a competitor on the market for daily sports press, 20 February 2014, Concurrences N° 2-2014, Art. N° 65684, pp. 96-98

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