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France Fines 13 Firms $1.2 Bln for Price-Fixing

Passers by walk past a Marionnaud shop, located on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Tuesday, March 14, 2006. France's antitrust authority has fined 13 perfume and cosmetic brands and three perfume chains: Marionnaud, Nocibe and Sephora,  46.2 million euros (US$ 55.1 million) for price-collusion between 1997 and 2000. (AP Photo / Remy de la Mauviniere)
Passers by walk past a Marionnaud shop, located on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Tuesday, March 14, 2006. France's antitrust authority has fined 13 perfume and cosmetic brands and three perfume chains: Marionnaud, Nocibe and Sephora, 46.2 million euros (US$ 55.1 million) for price-collusion between 1997 and 2000. (AP Photo / Remy de la Mauviniere)

PARIS— France’s antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene...

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