Earlier this year Mr Lefebvre asked the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) to look into the online travel industry. And it was the early results of this investigation that persuaded the government to take the rare step of joining its case with Synhorcat's in the name of “speed and efficiency”—rather than starting its own. Synhorcat filed a case in April last year over Expedia's "unfair commercial practices", and its own website (site in French) lists some of its gripes. It accuses the company of marking hotels as "full" when they were not, of mis-marking promotional prices and of giving incorrect telephone numbers on listings so that customers phoned a central-reservation system rather than the hotel they wanted. The next hearings are due to take place on July 6th 2011. Related Link: The Economist