Organisation: French Competition Authority

France: Pedagogical approach of courts and increased FCA enforcement contribute to rise in private antitrust litigation

Featured in Europe, Middle East and Africa Antitrust Review 2024

France is rapidly become an attractive destination for private antitrust litigation thanks to legislative changes boosting the FCA’s enforcement capability and French courts’ provision of useful guidance for claimants and defendants.

30 June 2023

France: An overview of courts' state aid enforcement and procedure

Featured in Europe, Middle East and Africa Antitrust Review 2024

To help the government maintain its proud state aid tradition as an investor, guarantor, lender and subsidiser of national businesses, administrative and civil courts are taking an increasingly firm stance on preventing and recovering illegal state aid.

30 June 2023

France sanctions church renovation cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined three building renovation companies for bid rigging on public tenders for two church restoration projects.

16 June 2023

French home appliance makers settle decade-long probe

Electrolux and BSH are accepting fines to settle the French antitrust enforcer’s allegations that they fixed resale prices and exchanged competitively sensitive information with four other rivals from 2009 to 2014.

31 May 2023

France raids SNCF

France’s Competition Authority has searched the offices of the country’s state-owned rail operator as part of a probe into a possible competition law breach.

15 May 2023

France imposes interim measures on Meta for “unjustified” ad partnership conditions

France’s Competition Authority has ordered Meta to come up with new conditions for ad verification partnerships as it probes if the company is abusing its dominance by refusing to give an online advertising intelligence provider the data it needs to operate.

04 May 2023

France deepens probe into two-to-one voucher merger

France’s Competition Authority has opened a Phase II probe into a tie-up between the country’s two largest suppliers of tourism and leisure vouchers, after the agency conducted extensive market tests during pre-notification discussions with over 18,000 stakeholders.

03 May 2023

France settles with bakery equipment association

France’s Competition Authority has fined a bakery equipment manufacturer and its distribution network €2.95 million for fixing the price of a multipurpose baking machine and allocating the sales market among distributors.

25 April 2023

Belgium considers novel interim measures in abuse of dominance merger probe

The head of the Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative unit has urged the agency’s decision-making arm to impose an interim injunction pausing Proximus’ integration with edpnet as it progresses a landmark abuse of dominance probe into the merger.

21 April 2023

EU closes French supermarket probe following dawn raid rebuke

The European Commission has closed its collusion probe into French supermarket chains Intermarché and Casino, following a ruling from the bloc’s top court that annulled the agency’s dawn raids on the retail groups.

17 April 2023

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