On 11 April 2006, the French Competition Council (“Conseil de la concurrence”) published a decision condemning door manufacturers active in two cartels. In this case, for the first time, the Conseil de la concurrence applied the leniency procedure for cartel whistleblowers. The leniency procedure has been introduced in France by the law dated 15 May 2001 and implemented in the French Commercial Code (hereinafter “the Commercial Code”) to encourage cartel members to abandon their anti-competitive activities and to "blow the whistle" on their co-conspirators. Under Article L. 464-2 IV of the Commercial Code, a total or partial exemption from financial penalties may be granted to a company or a body which, along with others, has implemented a practice prohibited by the provisions of
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