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François Hollande and Competition Law

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The French Presidential election was held yesterday and, as you know, François Hollande won.

There is significant expectation as to the changes that the result of this election might entail for the rest of the European Union.  Now, should we expect any changes in the competition law domain?

Nicolas Sarkozy did have an undeniable impact on competition law. First he managed to delete from the Lisbon Treaty the reference to the objective of ensuring “free and undistorted competition” in the EU (see here and here) and then he taught us the difference between endive growers, Apple and Microsoft (an explanation that, as you may remember, prompted our friend Mark English to stop wrapping his iPhone in ham).

Those interested in Hollande’s views on competition law should read his replies to Concurrences’ interview (in French, though).

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

7 May 2012 at 11:49 pm