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The Competition Council has fined four industrial cleaning companies a total of €1.68 million for anti-competitive practices. The council investigated a call for tender from the Mayenne Regional Office for Public Housing for the cleaning of its buildings’ common areas. It found that there was a pattern in variations between the offers of Onet, Spid, Spid Anjou and Haute Mayenne Services.
The Paris Court of Appeal recently overruled a Competition Council decision which fined Glaxo €10 million for hindering the entry of generic drugs to hospitals through a predatory pricing policy in relation to an injectable antibiotic. It found that this policy was not part of a global intimidation strategy to deter generic drug manufacturers from entering hospital markets where Glaxo had been operating.
The Competition Council recently imposed fines up to €975,000 on 12 removal companies for anti-competitive practices. It investigated the international and national removal sector after two companies applied for its leniency programme. This decision is the programme's second application.
In a recent decision the Competition Council made compulsory the commitments offered by Citroën relating to the provision of information and technical tools used for the repair of its vehicles. The council deemed these commitments to be a satisfactory answer to the concerns it had underlined.
The Competition Council has imposed fines on several high-tension cable suppliers for entering into an anti-competitive agreement with regard to two bidding processes organized by EDF. The council held that the practices at issue were particularly serious based on the duration of the agreement and the sophistication of the simulation mechanism used by the companies to set the price levels of their offers.
The Competition Council has recently ruled in a case involving the complex and widespread pre-distribution of government contracts for secondary schools in the Ile-de-France region. The council found that the companies had engaged in anti-competitive practices and imposed fines amounting to 5% of their respective sales figures.