The European Antitrust Review 2016

France: Competition Authority

14 July 2015

The French Competition Authority has continued to move forward at a sustained pace in 2014 and the first half of 2015. It has maintained its unabated willingness to generating tangible results for consumers as well as its strong resolve to make use of the full spectrum of its powers and capacities as both a credible enforcer and a persuasive advocate. The combined use of various prerogatives – such as imposing fines on infringers; making commitments binding upon firms whose behaviour has raised competition concerns; devising well-suited remedies to allow a merger to proceed; conducting an in-depth market study into a sector of prominent importance for consumers; and issuing opinions to assess the impact on competition of draft or existing pieces of legislation – enables the Authority to be respected by public and private stakeholders alike as a determined watchdog and trusted adviser, to make the most of its procedural toolbox and to enhance its own expertise, ultimately in the best interest of sound competition enforcement.

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