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France’s minister of culture and communication and minister of the economy, industry, and employment launch a public consultation on the findings of the “cinema and competition law” mission

On March 28, 2008, France’s minister of culture and communication, Christine Albanel and France’s minister of the economy, industry, and employment, Christine Lagarde, announced the launch of a public consultation on the findings of the “cinema and competition law” mission carried out by Anne Perrot and Jean-Pierre Leclerc.

“Following the mission assigned to them in September 2007, Anne Perrot and Jean-Pierre Leclerc today submitted their findings to the two ministers. Both rapporteurs propose a number of solutions to the problems they raised and analyzed over the course of their indepth discussions with all the professionals involved: creators, producers, distributors, operators, and experts.”

The release notes that over the weeks to come all their proposals will be subject to a broad consultation with the professionals concerned and, if need be, referred to the competition bureau for its opinion.

The mission’s objective was to “respond to concrete concerns about movie theaters: film release conditions, price war fears and the debate surrounding unlimited cards, the consequences of the competition bureau’s canceling part of the operator and distributor code of conduct, conflicts between municipality-sponsored theaters and private theaters, and questions over the future of the plan to allow multiplexes, among other things.”

The report proposals (in French) will be subject to public consultation until April 30, 2008. They are available online at www.minefe.gouv.fr.

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