CASE COMMENTS: STATE AIDS – FRANCE – PRESS – ILLEGAL AID

Media pluralism: The French Supreme Administrative Court annuls a decree extending to weekly publications support measures for press pluralism, on the grounds that it establishes illegal state aid (Valmonde)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Anxious to preserve press pluralism, the French authorities introduced, by Decree No 86-616 of 12 March 1986 (JORF 1986, p. 4702, hereinafter the '1986 Decree'), an aid scheme for national daily political and general information newspapers with low advertising resources. Only national daily newspapers could benefit from it on condition, in particular, that their advertising revenue represented less than 25% of their total revenue. In order to extend the scope of the scheme to all publications, irrespective of their periodicity, Decree No. 2015-1440 of 6 November 2015 (JORF 2015, p. 20836, hereinafter the "2015 Decree") extended the benefit of the scheme

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Raphaël Vuitton, Media pluralism: The French Supreme Administrative Court annuls a decree extending to weekly publications support measures for press pluralism, on the grounds that it establishes illegal state aid (Valmonde), 22 February 2017, Concurrences N° 2-2017, Art. N° 83835, pp. 148-149

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