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Competition: a five-year term marked by the regulation of tech



Posted on Oct 12, 2021 4:46 PMUpdated Oct 12, 2021, 6:31 PM

At the very least, one against twenty… Much less numerous than the lawyers of the American digital champions, the jurists of the French competition authority pronounced during the mandate of its president on departure, Isabelle de Silva, several thunderous fines against Apple and Google.

While continuing to monitor the balance of competition in more traditional markets (medicines, specialized distribution, etc.), the French arbitrator, from 2016 to 2021, cracked down as never before against abuses of a dominant position in the world of technology. Apple was thus fined in March 2020 a fine of 1.1 billion euros for having favored its own stores and certain wholesalers, to the detriment of other authorized resellers. A record for the institution which, according to its boss, had taken into account “the extraordinary dimension” of Apple.

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