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France Signals Possible Google, Facebook Antitrust Probes

Law360 (March 6, 2018, 8:46 PM EST) -- France’s competition watchdog on Tuesday closed out a preliminary probe into online advertising with findings focused on Facebook and Google’s market dominance, setting up the possibility for more thorough antitrust investigations, particularly into the two internet giants.

Any decision on launching one or more antitrust probes will be made based on an examination of the findings from the Autorité de la concurrence, the agency said in an announcement Tuesday. Chief among its focus were Google and Facebook, whose market power has yielded a “fragile” equilibrium in...
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