Clichy - 18 December 2014 - L'Oréal has been informed of the French Competition Authority's decision to rule against manufacturers of household and hygiene products concerning events which took place in the early 2000s.
L'Oréal refutes accusations of anticompetitive activity with its competitors, and regrets that the French Competition Authority did not take into account the highly competitive French market in hygiene products as illustrated by the number of manufacturers and retailers present on the market, the large choice of products available to consumers, and the degree of innovation and number of launches.
L'Oréal is extremely surprised by this decision and the amount of the fine which are totally out of proportion.
L'Oréal is totally committed to respecting antitrust laws.
L'Oréal will appeal this decision.
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