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France: Regulated gas taxes marginalize smaller competitors, say regulators

 |  April 18, 2013

France’s antitrust authority has initiated a call to end regulated gas taxes, arguing that the tariffs arm small, domestic fuel companies and households. The regulator found that consumers tend to stick to two of the main competitors within the market GDF Suez SA and Electricite de France SA, as they believe the state tariffs will prevent the two companies from raising prices. Consumers do this despite the fact that smaller companies offer lower taxes, said the authority. As multiple issues have been found to plague the industry due to the taxes, the antitrust regulator is now promoting an end to the policy.

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