The French Council of State regulated the auctioneer profession by posing strict diploma conditions

Conseil d’État, 6ème / 1ère SSR, 17/04/2015, 373589, Inédit au recueil Lebon

The present case concerns the access to professional activities and the requirements related to professional qualifications.

A French decree introduced the Article R.321-18 into the French Commercial Code providing that auctioneer’s activity might be exercised only by persons possessing legal diploma, diploma in Art studies or diploma in Archaeology. Two professional organisations brought an action for annulment before the Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat).