Pinned by the DGCCRF, the boss of Intermarché demands the same sanctions for suppliers

A few days ago, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF) announced that it had imposed more than four million euros in fines on three distributors for “non-compliance with the rules” during 2019 commercial negotiations with food suppliers. While Carrefour was fined 2.93 million euros and Sytème U, 1.14 million euros, Intermarché was fined 211,000 euros. But this fine is hard to pass.

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In the columns of L’Obs, Intermarché president Thierry Cotillard regretted the absence of reciprocal sanctions. If he admits that he did not respect the deadline set on March 1 and does not contest this administrative fine, he regrets that the sanction has not been applied to suppliers. “Since the law applies to everyone, including Intermarché, we do not contest this administrative fine, of course. But, since it takes two to sign an agreement, it is important that the same sanction be applied to the suppliers concerned” , denounces the boss of Netto and Intermarché.

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Fears of retailers

Thierry Cotillard fears that this type of situation will happen again and that it will once again be the brand names that stand out and not the multinationals. “If distributors are solely accountable for compliance with the law, I can tell you that the powerful multinationals will manipulate this deadline to try to impose on distributors price increases disastrous for the purchasing power of consumers,” he warns. in the columns of L’Obs. And to add: “It is unimaginable that multinationals are not subject to any constraint to respect, too, this deadline while

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