The French Competition Authority hands out two key decisions in relation to the concept of abuse of state of economic dependence (Concurrence) (National union of the written press distributors SNDP)

A provision specific to French competition law In France, in addition to the prohibition against the abuse of a dominant position, national competition law prohibits the abusive exploitation by a company or a group of companies (not necessarily dominant) of a situation of economic dependence that it holds vis-à-vis a supplier or a client provided that it is liable to harm the functioning or the structure of competition (Article L. 420-2 (2) of the French Commercial Code). Such provision is stricter than Article 82 of EC of the Treaty but however compatible with EC law as it refers to a unilateral conduct engaged in by undertakings and not to agreements [1] . Originally, this provision was designed to protect two categories of professionals considered as particularly at risk : (i)

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Jérôme Philippe, Lucas Niedolistek, The French Competition Authority hands out two key decisions in relation to the concept of abuse of state of economic dependence (Concurrence) (National union of the written press distributors SNDP), 20 janvier 2009, e-Competitions January 2009, Art. N° 24337

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