Organisation: French Competition Authority

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

France uses new leniency regime to sanction business data cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined a data collection company €3.5 million for price fixing and market sharing, in a case that marks the first successful use of the agency’s leniency regime since it was reformed under the ECN+ Directive.

13 April 2023

Paris court permitted to review French enforcer’s “name and shame” practices

A Parisian appellate court was wrong to find it had no power to stop the national antitrust enforcer from publishing information about Roche’s now-quashed abuse of dominance fine, France’s Court of Cassation has ruled.

23 March 2023

France sends SO to alleged air transport cartel

France’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to three companies over allegations they entered into a “non-aggression pact” and undermined competition for certain flights to and from the Caribbean.

21 March 2023

ECJ confirms below-threshold mergers can be abusive

National competition authorities can open abuse of dominance investigations into below-threshold mergers after they have closed, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

16 March 2023

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