Bolloré loses Paris metro monopoly
The Paris administrative court “tribunal administratif de Paris” ruled that the exclusive contract between Paris public transport company RATP and the Bolleré Group (free dailies Direct Matin and Direct Soir) has to be ended.
Free daily 20 Minutes appealed already in 2007 against Bolloré’s monopoly. RATP, however, can appeal against the ruling.
Even if 20 Minutes will be allowed to distribute in the Paris Metro, the terms have to be negotiated, as Bolloré paid a million Euro’s for the distribution rights. With no exclusive rights, their price will be lower, while also 20 Minutes will have to pay a fee as well. With the exclusive rights ruled illegal, also free paper Metro can now apply for a distribution deal. (France2)