The European Court of First Instance has recently confirmed that the parties subject to an inspection by the European Commission in connection with a suspected competition law infringement do not have the right to choose whether their case is dealt with by a national competition watchdog or the Commission. France Télécom was investigated by the French national competition authority for the suspected use of unfair selling prices for its Wanadoo broadband services. Despite the national authority's conclusion that there was no infringement of competition rules, the Commission decided to open its own investigation of France Télécom with an inspection carried out on its premises. France Télécom appealed this decision, arguing that since the French national authority had already looked into the complaint and dismissed it the Commission should take this into account before deciding to proceed. The Court dismissed this argument, noting that the French authority's investigation had not involved an assessment of the substantive issues involved in the case and that therefore, the Commission was covering fresh ground in its investigation.