French Watchdog Hits Nuclear Cos. With Surprise Inspections

Law360 (February 13, 2019, 4:48 PM EST) -- France’s competition authority has carried out a series of unannounced inspections it characterized as “dawn raids” on various nuclear maintenance companies suspected of anti-competitive behavior.

The Autorité de la concurrence said the surprise inspections happened Tuesday and all the companies involved were related to “engineering, maintenance, decommissioning and waste treatment services for nuclear installations.”

The watchdog said it would remain mum on the names of the individual companies and what the inspections entailed.

“Such interventions do not, of course, presuppose the existence of a breach of the law,” the watchdog said in its statement. “Only a full investigation into the merits...

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