CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – FRANCE – PROHIBITION

Prohibition: The French Competition Authority blocks a merger for the first time ever (Soditroy / Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The Competition Authority prohibited a merger for the first time on 28 August this year. A first, that counts. We would like it to be exemplary. Sometimes you're disappointed. The sector concerned is that of the food-dominated retail trade. The city concerned is Troyes. Troyes has no shortage of hypermarkets, supermarkets and other large and medium-sized supermarkets of all kinds. The Competition Authority notes that there are 27% more supermarkets in Troyes than in French conurbations of equivalent size, and even 35% more if only food retail outlets are taken into account (paragraph 145). In this abundant supply, there are four hypermarkets. Two

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Jean-Mathieu Cot, Prohibition: The French Competition Authority blocks a merger for the first time ever (Soditroy / Association des Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc), 28 August 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97599, pp. 169-174

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