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France expects first online betting permits in 2009

9 Jun 2008

PARIS, France -- As reported by Reuters: "France will begin issuing authorisation for online betting operators from the second half of 2009 after agreeing with the European Union to open up the market, Budget Minister Eric Woerth said on Friday.

"The comments follow a meeting between Woerth and Internal Markets Commissioner Charlie McCreevy this week to discuss proposals that would avert court action against France by the EU over restrictions on online gambling.

"Brussels has given France a final warning to change its gaming rules or be taken to the European Court of Justice.

"...France has agreed a 'controlled opening' of its gaming sector, which is composed of two monopolies -- PMU for horse racing and Francaise des Jeux for lotteries.

"...But EU authorities are still waiting for detailed provisions before making a final decision on suspending legal proceedings..."

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