EU Raids French Grocery Store Operators In Cartel Probe

Law360, London (May 22, 2019, 5:35 PM BST) -- European Union antitrust authorities said Wednesday that they’d carried out “unannounced inspections” at premises connected to two unidentified grocery companies suspected of noncompetitive conduct.

The European Commission said the May 20 raids are connected to concerns that the pair of companies “may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.”

The commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the French competition authority, l’Autorité de la concurrence, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

The surprise inspections are an initial investigatory step into suspected anti-competitive practices, the commission said.

“The fact that the commission carries out such inspections does not...

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