The Ministry of the Economy is asking in front of the Paris Commercial Court to impose a fine of more than 117 million euros on the Leclerc group. “Leclerc uses a central purchasing unit in Belgium to circumvent French law and impose conditions of purchase on its suppliers, which lead to the destruction of agri-food chains, which in France are facing great difficulties,” says Agnès Pannier. Runacher, the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy.
Bercy started working on the Leclerc file in 2018, a tedious investigation. “It’s 18 months of investigation, 5,000 messages collected, 8,000 pages of documents taken in a search that has mobilized more than 20 agents of the Directorate General of Competition”, details Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
E. Leclerc defends himself by stating that he is pressuring the “big foreign power plants” and not the small French groups.