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Apple's French HQ searched as part of investigation into treatment of resellers

Ashleigh Allsopp | July 4, 2013
Local newspaper claims that France's Autorite de la Conurrence carried out a 24-hour raid on French Apple offices, wholesalers and retail stores.

Apple's French offices have reportedly been raided by investigators from the country's antitrust watchdog, as part of an investigation into Apple's treatment of its resellers.

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Apple Store at Opra, Paris

French newspaper Les Echos reports that the France's Autorite de la Concurrence carried out a 24-hour raid of Apple's French headquarters, wholesalers and retailers last week to investigate whether Apple offers better deals in its own retail stores at the disadvantage of third-party Apple resellers.

The issue first came to light last year, when Apple retailer eBizcuss was forced to close its fifteen French stores after going bankrupt. The company said that Apple had abused its dominance and economic dependence, and had caused eBizcuss "unfair competition."

Spokespeople from Apple and Autorite de la Concurrence have not yet commented on the report, but Les Echos claims that Autorite de la Concurrence has confirmed that the searches took place and that documents have been seized by investigators.

 

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