French antitrust chief de Silva to leave watchdog on Oct. 13

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PARIS, Oct 7 (Businesshala) – France’s antitrust chief Isabel de Silva will end her five-year mandate as head of the competition watchdog on 13 October, she said on Twitter earlier this week.

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A spokesman for the agency confirmed the departure of de Silva, who comes as Sentinel is due to decide on a proposed merger of France’s number one and two TV networks TF1 and M6.

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The news took French antitrust circles by surprise, a source close to the competition authority said, as de Silva was expected to serve another term.

De Silva, a top civil servant, will resume working for the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court and the government’s top legal adviser.

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His tenure was particularly marked by heavy fines against US tech giants Apple (AAPL.O) and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O). Emmanuel Combe, the vice president of the antitrust watchdog, will step down as the authority’s head during the search for a new president.

Reporting by Matthew Roseman Editing by GV de Klerk

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