Region: France

France sanctions bailiff cooperatives for discriminatory membership rules

France’s Competition Authority has fined two separate court bailiff cooperatives for entering into anticompetitive agreements that intended to block potential rivals from entering the market.

14 January 2022

Cœuré confirmed to lead French enforcer

France’s parliament has approved Benoît Cœuré as the national competition authority’s new president following confirmation hearings before the National Assembly and the Senate.

12 January 2022

Community round-up: Hogan Lovells promotes and Fried Frank opens new office in Brussels

Hogan Lovells has announced partner and counsel promotions, while Fried Frank has opened a new office in Brussels.

06 January 2022

Economist nominated as new French antitrust chief

The French government has provisionally nominated banking executive and economist Benoit Coeuré to chair the country’s competition authority, two months after former head Isabelle de Silva was refused a second term.

17 December 2021

France consults on Google commitments

Google has promised to pay French publishers a fair rate for the use of their content over the next five years, in hopes of ending an antitrust investigation that has already landed it with a €500 million fine and interim measures.

16 December 2021


Featured in GCR 100 2022

France is home to one of the world’s most esteemed competition enforcers, so it’s no surprise that local antitrust lawyers are working on some major cases that have far-reaching implications.

10 December 2021


Featured in Foreign Direct Investment Regulation Guide - First Edition

10 December 2021

French court quashes cheque-processing cartel fines for a second time

A French appellate court has again overturned fines imposed on 10 banks for agreeing to raise cheque processing charges, ruling that the country’s antitrust authority failed to prove the existence of any by-object infringement.

07 December 2021

Top French court upholds raid obstruction fine

France’s top court has upheld the national competition authority’s second-ever fine for obstructing a dawn raid, ruling that companies are liable for even the negligent actions of their employees.

06 December 2021

G7 report urges coordinated global response to Big Tech

A report published by antitrust chiefs from the G7 nations and four guest countries has highlighted the historic global underenforcement of digital mergers and the importance of understanding new technologies to combat harm to competition earlier.

29 November 2021

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