Franchising: The Paris Court of Appeal weakens the food retail sector by approving the behaviour of major retailers (Le Merre Distri/Carrefour Proximité France)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The Competition Authority has explained it at length: the food distribution sector is the scene of abnormal conditions of competition that would justify numerous behavioural remedies (Opinion No. 10-A-26 of 7 December 2010 on affiliation agreements for independent shops, etc.).). The situation is so dramatic in Paris, where a single operator has a market share of around 60%, that the Authority has come to claim a specific power of structural injunction enabling it to order the sale of stores (notice no. 12-A-01 of 11 January 2012 on the competitive situation in the food distribution sector in Paris). The reform sought by the Authority would, however, lose

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