Essilor to Appeal Against the BKA's Decision on Anti-Cartel Rules

By Essilor, PRNE
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, June 10, 2010 - Essilor was notified today by Germany's antitrust authority,
the BundesKartellAmt (BKA), that it was being fined for allegedly creating a
cartel with several optical retail store suppliers operating in the German
market. The fine levied on Essilor's two German subsidiaries, Essilor GmbH
and Rupp + Hubrach Optik GmbH, amounts to EUR50 million.

Essilor contests the validity of the BKA's conclusions as well
as the amount of the fine, and plans to lodge an appeal with the Dusseldorf
Court. No payment will be made pending a ruling by the Dusseldorf Court.

Since the beginning of the BKA inquiry, Essilor has set aside
provisions of EUR9.2 million in respect of this dispute in its 2008 and 2009
accounts. The market was duly notified of the inquiry and the related
provisions. Any appropriate additional provisions will be booked following a
detailed analysis of BKA's notification.

As previously stated, Essilor is fully committed to the principle of free
competition. The Company applies a zero tolerance approach to
anti-competitive practices and expects all members of its organization to
behave in an exemplary manner in this regard.

The world leader in ophthalmic optical products, Essilor International
researches, develops, manufactures and markets around the world a wide
range of corrective lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its flagship
brands are Varilux(R), Crizal(R), Essilor(R), Definity(R) and Xperio(TM).

Based in France, the company reported consolidated revenue of more than
EUR3.2 billion in 2009, with nearly 35,000 employees and operations in 100

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The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and is
included in the CAC 40 index.

Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg:

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