France: For Free, Freedom Has No Price
Last Updated: 28 May 2002

In a decision handed down on 28 May 2002, the Paris Court of Appeal rejected France Telecom's appeal against the ART's decision, handed down following a suit by Free Telecom, on this operator's ability to set the rate for a client's internet access via the telephone network.

The Court rejected France Telecom's claims not only because the claims made were new, but also, and above all, because they are unfounded and the "circumstances of the litigation show that, in reality, France Telecom is trying to thwart the action of a new operator which just came into a position to present a competitive offer on the market."

Free Telecom was defended in this affair by Mr. Benoît de la Taille, head of the TMT Department at Coudert Frères.

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