PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - French retailer Carrefour
has been fined 1.75 million euros ($2.1 million) for
unfairly pressing suppliers for discounts during annual contract
negotiations, the finance ministry said in Friday.
The ruling by the Paris Commerce Court follows a probe by
anti-trust authorities into Carrefour's practices during its
2016 negotiations with suppliers, the statement said.
The investigation found that Carrefour had forced suppliers
to give discounts as a pre-condition to entering annual price
The court ordered Carrefour to stop what it called
"practices that restrict competition" and requested the
provisional execution of the fine.
Carrefour said it had put an end to the incriminated
practices since February 2016 and would not appeal.
"The court did not reject the principle of seeking a
discount but considered the discount was not sufficiently
justified in its application," a Carrefour spokeswoman said.
($1 = 0.8394 euros)
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Alex Richardson and