Supreme Court upholds fines on leading French mobile operators

2 Jul 2007

According to a report from AFX News, France’s supreme court has upheld a previous ruling that the country’s three mobile network operators Orange France, SFR and Bouygues Télécom were guilty of rigging the market, and maintained a fine of EUR442 million (USD598.3 million). The previous ruling came in December last year when the appeals court adjudged that the three mobile operators were guilty of collusion between 2000 and 2002. Orange was fined EUR215 million, SFR received a fine of EUR185 million and Bouygues EUR42 million. The Cour de Cassation reduced the fines compared with those imposed by the country’s lower courts, which had originally levied total fines of EUR534 million on the three firms. Orange, SFR and Bouygues all denied the accusations of market collusion.

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