Region: France

France hits Roche and Novartis with €444 million fine

France’s Competition Authority has fined Roche, Novartis and Genentech a total of €444 million for abusing their collective dominance by preventing the entry of a cheaper eye treatment drug into the French market.

09 September 2020

Lesur swaps McDermott for Franklin

Lionel Lesur has left McDermott Will & Emery in Paris after nine years to head up Franklin Avocats' new competition practice.

08 September 2020

France issues first-ever deal block

France’s Competition Authority has prohibited a merger for the first time in its history, blocking a three-to-two hypermarket deal in the town of Troyes.

28 August 2020

Lego offers commitments in French discriminatory pricing probe

Lego has promised to amend its criteria for granting discounts to French retailers, as it looks to resolve an antitrust investigation examining alleged price discrimination against online sellers.

30 July 2020

France issues fresh merger guidelines

France’s Competition Authority has published new merger guidelines, which give companies greater pre-notification powers and clarification on the authority’s simplified merger procedure.

27 July 2020

French oil pipeline deal abandoned during Phase II

An oil storage company has dropped its planned acquisition of a controlling stake in France's largest pipeline network after the country’s competition enforcer warned that the deal would grant unprecedented control over an essential infrastructure.

27 July 2020

France and Mexico bolster digital enforcement efforts

Mexico’s competition authority has created a new digital directorate, while France’s antitrust watchdog has named the head of its new digital unit.

17 July 2020

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

Four major grocery retailers have offered to amend a joint purchasing agreement related to their own-label products, in hopes of resolving an investigation by France’s Competition Authority.

25 June 2020

French court rejects L'Oréal appeal

A French court has dismissed L'Oréal’s appeal against a €189.4 million cartel fine, but reduced the penalty imposed on its subsidiary.

24 June 2020

Orange loses follow-on damages appeal

A French appellate court has thrown out Orange’s appeal against a follow-on claim by rival telecommunications provider Digicel, but reduced the amount of damages it must pay by nearly €100 million.

23 June 2020

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