Refusals to Supply: Should the French Rules be Harmonized with Those of the EEC?

Brault, Dominique | January 1, 1981

In this article, Mr. Brault contends that “harmonizing” the French rules with those of Germany or the EEC is neither desirable nor necessary because of the disparate economic structures of the EEC Member States and because the French rules are, as a result of French case law, not as rigid and severe as their detractors portray them. Instead, Mr. Brault suggests that in practice, the national antitrust laws of EEC Member States are becoming “harmonized” naturally because German and EEC case law have made the application of apparently lenient refusals to supply statutes significantly more severe.