Rexel probe, Schneider Electric and Legrand indicted after French pricing probe

Rexel SA said Friday that one of its business units has been placed under formal investigation for an alleged breach of French competition rules governing prices.

The company
said it has been required to set aside a 20 million euro ($19.6 million) bank guarantee and a cash guarantee of EUR48 million to be paid by Jan. 15, 2023, the company said.

It comes after Schneider Electric SE
and Legrand SA
said Thursday that they have been indicted for an allegeded price agreement mechanism in violation of competition rules.

The indictments follow an investigation into the companies’ practices carried out in 2018 by a judge and France’s competition regulator. In July, the three companies received a notice from the French competition watchdog alleging a potential breach of competition rules.

“The investigating judge decided to indict Schneider Electric and to require the company to provide a bank guarantee of EUR20 million and a cash guarantee of EUR80 million to be paid in January 2023,” Schneider Electric said.

In a separate statement, Legrand said one of its units was indicted and ordered to provide EUR80.5 million in security.

The three companies said that the indictments aren’t proof of wrongdoing, and that they intend to defend themselves.

Write to Pierre Bertrand at [email protected]

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