In several cases relating to the award of public contracts, the courts have authorized search and seizure operations in the premises of various companies suspected of collusion. In each case, the Court of Cassation dismissed the appeal against the order issuing the warrant and the Competition Council (now the Competition Authority) imposed pecuniary sanctions at trial. Subsequently, the European Court of Human Rights sanctioned France for violation of Article 6 ECHR; as there was only the possibility of an appeal to the Court of Cassation - which may only rule on matters of law not of fact - the
The Paris Court of Appeal rules on search and seizure warrants (Seco-Rail)
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