France’s antitrust chief de Silva to leave watchdog on Oct. 13

France’s antitrust chief Isabelle de Silva will end her five-year mandate as head of the competition watchdog on Oct. 13, she said on Twitter earlier this week.

A spokesperson for the agency confirmed de Silva’s departure.

The news surprised French antitrust circles, a source close to the competition authority said, as de Silva was expected to do another term.

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

Her tenure was notably marked by hefty fines against U.S. tech giants Apple here and Alphabet’s Google here.

The antitrust watchdog’s vice-chairman Emmanuel Combe will step in as head of the authority during the search of a new president.


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