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How the Compagnie Générale des Eaux survived the end of concession contracts in France 100 years ago

Abstract : The end of the 19th Century also saw the end of concession contracts as an option for French municipalities to organise their water supply. An increasing number of disagreements between local authorities and their water concessionaires were dealt with in administrative courts, while the most difficult cases went as far as the French Supreme Court, the Conseil d'Etat. These all dealt with the same issue: the conditions governing the renegotiation and/or termination of concession contracts. The Compagnie Générale des Eaux, the biggest French water company, could have ended along with the concession contracts, and although the company found a reliable protector of its contractual rights in the Conseil d'Etat, it lost its biggest concession contracts and had to negotiate new contractual arrangements to replace the lost concessions.
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C. Pezon. How the Compagnie Générale des Eaux survived the end of concession contracts in France 100 years ago. Water Policy, IWA Publishing, 2010, 13, pp.178. ⟨10.2166/wp.2010.049⟩. ⟨halshs-02549326⟩

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