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France Jurisdiction News

French regulator warns against illegal casinos on Facebook
ANJ is alerting players that unlawful operators are misusing licensed brands to promote their services on the social media platform.

EGBA calls on France to regulate online gambling amid growing black market concerns
A study by the national gambling authority estimates France’s black market for online gambling to be worth up to €1.5 billion annually in gross gaming revenue, equivalent to nearly half France’s regulated online gambling revenue.

Betsson obtains sports betting license in France
The launch in the country is expected to take place during the fourth quarter of 2023 under the Betsson brand.

French tennis player provisionally suspended
The International Tennis Integrity Agency confirmed that Maxence Broville has been provisionally suspended from the sport, pending the full consideration of Tennis Anti-Corruption Program charges.

UFC partners with Betclic
The mixed martial arts organization named the online gambling and sports betting company the 'Official Betting Partner' in France, Poland and Portugal.

Mojabet is Olympique de Marseille's official African betting partner
To celebrate the partnership, the sports betting company has launched a weekly contest where fans have the opportunity to win cash and club memorabilia.

Kindred Group extends its support of grassroot sports in France
The ‘Sports at Heart’ program will provide 400 amateur football and basketball clubs with sports kit and equipment.

PokerStars' SCOOP for France and Spain exceeds record-breaking guarantee
The online poker festival surpassed its €10 million guarantee by more than €1.7 million, coming to €11,768,035.

PokerStars FRESH tournament attracted more than 30,000 entries
The first joint tournament series between French and Spanish players generated a prize pool of €6,149,751 across 50 scheduled events.

PokerStars 'Fresh' Series launches with €5 million guarantee
The new France Espania Hold'em Series celebrates player pool liquidity in France and Spain.

France

Historically, the French government limited gambling to a lottery, run by state-owned operation Groupe Française des Jeux, and horse racing, run by state-owned operation Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU). All other forms of gambling were illegal. However, this changed when the French government passed and enacted the Gambling Act in spring 2010, allowing regulated online gaming. The purpose of this law was to thwart gambling addiction and money laundering, and to shelter existing French operators' market share, including the government-owned monopolies.

Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) was created to regulate the online gaming industry and opened its doors to foreign operators with the stipulation that operators adhere to a strict set of guidelines. On 1 June 2010, ARJEL began offering licenses for online poker (Texas Hold'em and Omaha), online sports betting and online horse betting. Online casinos are still illegal.

Even though the new law opened up France's online gaming market to foreign operators, it came with restrictions. Only limited types of online gaming would be available to the operators, and the incumbent French monopolies were to get preferential treatment.

ARJEL also implemented extensive requirements for dealing with problem gambling. Players must have the option to self-exclude from play and to limit how much they can gamble, and links to problem-gambling resources must be displayed on the site in a prominent position.

All of the newly licensed operators stopped accepting French players at their online casinos to stay compliant with French gambling law. Additionally, the pool for online poker players was restricted to France, and online operator file servers storing player account information had to be located in France to be eligible for a French operating license.

The effective tax rate on sports betting is 8.5% (increased from the original 7.5% in 2010), and payback to players is limited to 85%. The taxes and 85% payback limit were intended to protect players by making gambling less addictive. Poker is taxed at 2% of each pot or tournament prize pool.

The government has been urged to consider making amendments to the existing gaming law due to numerous player and operator complaints, with many operators withdrawing from the French market due to high tax obligations.

Two French online poker rooms, Barrière and Partouche, pulled out of the market in 2013, citing the soft economy and a poor tax structure.

The government has also consistently rejected the idea of changing the onerous tax structure.

In 2017, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal signed an agreement that allowed shared player pools for online poker.

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