Region: France

Canal Plus fails to secure interim measures against French football league

France’s Competition Authority has rejected a complaint lodged by Canal Plus against the country’s professional football league after finding that the league did not abuse its dominance when tendering broadcasting rights.

11 June 2021

France fines Google €220 million for self-preferencing in online advertising

Google has agreed to pay €220 million and change the way it organises digital advertising auctions to settle the French antitrust enforcer’s allegations that it unlawfully favours its own services in the sector.

07 June 2021

Facebook offers online advertising commitments in France

Facebook has committed to preserve the accessibility and transparency of its online advertising services in a bid to end an abuse of dominance investigation by France’s Competition Authority.

03 June 2021

Enforcers must embrace algorithms, Régibeau says

Competition agencies should consider using algorithms to detect potential “killer acquisitions”, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

24 May 2021

ECJ asked to decide on legality of 29 year old Adidas deal

A French court has asked the European Court of Justice to determine if Crédit Lyonnais violated EU competition rules when it bought Adidas in 1992, as part of a decades-long dispute that could entitle the company’s former owner to €58 billion in compensation.

19 May 2021

Roche loses bid to stop French enforcer publicising abuse fine

The Paris Court of Appeal has dismissed a request from Roche to stop France's Competition Authority from publicising information about an abuse of dominance fine it imposed on the pharmaceutical company.

17 May 2021

France blocks oil pipeline takeover

France’s Competition Authority has issued its second-ever merger block, prohibiting the Ardian group from acquiring a majority stake in an essential oil pipeline.

14 May 2021

French court declines to block Illumina/Grail merger referral to EU

France's Council of State has rejected an application from Illumina to suspend the national competition authority's referral of its acquisition of Grail to the European Commission, which is the first time the authority has referred a below-threshold deal to the EU agency.

09 April 2021

French law penalising obstruction is unconstitutional, court rules

France's Constitutional Court has ruled that the legal provision used by the national competition enforcer to fine companies for obstructing investigations is unconstitutional, because another provision also allows the authority to penalise the same conduct.

31 March 2021

France sanctions sandwich cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined a pair of mass-produced sandwich makers €24.6 million for conspiring to rig bids in response to tenders put out by large food retailers.

26 March 2021

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