The European Commission said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from French media group Vivendi accusing France Telecom of abusing a dominant market position.

The Commission, executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in an email that it would study Vivendi's complaint carefully. It gave no further details.

Vivendi chairman Jean-Bernard Levy said on Monday that the company would file a complaint with the Commission against France Telecom for abuse of a dominant position in wholesale local loop network access and tariffs.

France Telecom said it had no comment on Vivendi's complaint to the EU regulator.

Vivendi owns 56% of SFR, one of France Telecom's main rivals on the French broadband market. The remaining shares are held by Britain's Vodafone.

This latest complaint marks a new twist in the battle between the two French media and telecom companies.

In February, Vivendi units Canal Plus and SFR filed a complaint with the French competition watchdog against France Telecom's Orange over the terms of its broadband pay-TV service.