A THREAT is emerging of European legal action against countries that allow public procurement tenders to stipulate that Intel processors must be used in computers bought by public sector purchasers. The European Commission has warned France, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden of possible action, saying such conditions could break European free trade laws. Brussels also does not like tenders insisting on microprocessors with specific clock rates.

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