The European Commission has confirmed that on 10 March 2009 Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of the electricity company EDF in France. Following an inquiry into the sector in January 2007 the Commission had reason to believe that EDF may have violated EC Treaty antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82). The suspected illegal conduct may include actions to raise prices on the French wholesale electricity market.