According to a report in the French newspaper, Les Echos, the Belgian brewing combine, Interbrew, is expected to lodge a complaint with French competition authorities this week over the control exerted on the French beer market by its competitors, Heineken and S&N-owned Kronenbourg.

Interbrew says its two main competitors control around 70% of the distribution in the French beer market. "This is a question of our survival on the French market," said Interbrew general secretary, Patrice Thys.

An initial study by the French competition authority recommended that Heineken and Kronenbourg each sell 15 warehouses. The two brewers are expected to respond to those findings this week.