France probes competition complaint against Oracle

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PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating a complaint by Hewlett-Packard Co. that software maker Oracle Corp. is abusing its dominant market position and engaging in discriminatory pricing practices.

The complaint, filed with the French competition authority, claims that Oracle is attempting to squeeze HP by making future versions of its database software incompatible with Intel’s Itanium processor, which HP’s servers use. The complaint contends that could force customers to drop HP in favor of servers that are Oracle compatible.

The authority said Tuesday that the complaint also alleges that Oracle’s pricing for its database software licensing discriminated against HP.

HP has also sued Oracle in a California court. The longtime allies are increasingly engaged in turf wars.