Two international providers of temporary staff have received a Statement of Objections (SO) from the French antitrust authorities. The SO is part of an investigation into alleged collusion and agreements on pricing terms within the temporary staffing market. The SO alleges “exchanges of commercially sensitive information with competitors from 2003 to 2004 and a concerted practice in connection with one tender offer in France”. The investigation arose from a complaint made to the European Commission in 2003. The case was subsequently passed to France's competition authority, the DGCCRF, for further handling.