France Proposes Antitrust Fixes For Supermarket Sector

Law360, New York (December 7, 2010, 6:34 PM EST) -- France's competition watchdog proposed measures Tuesday aimed at easing entry for new competitors in the country's supermarket industry, adding that the implementation of a law facilitating the changes may be necessary in the near future.

Based on its observation that “opening new stores remains very difficult today,” the Autorite de la concurrence recommended removing both behavioral barriers to entry and obstacles to the mobility of independent stores across retail groups in order to revamp competition in the country's food retail sector.

Specifically, the regulator proposed striking...
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