The action brought by France Telecom to avoid the fine imposed by the Competition Council of its country did not alter the decision.
The competition decision required the incumbent Frenchman to pay a fine of 80 million euros for abuse of a dominant position, resulting from a complaint filed in 1999 by competitor Neuf.
The company accused France Telecom of trying to prevent competitors from entering the broadband ADSL market through anti-competitive policies.
The appellate court confirms the decision of the regulator and considers the incumbent’s action extremely serious again, admitting that it will have caused significant damage to its rivals between 1998 and 2002.
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