France Says Bounjour PokerPublished April 30, 2008 by OCR Editor
France reconsiders its policy regarding online gambling, possibly ending its current practice, which is not entirely in tune with European trade agreements.
France's online gambling monopoly is not standing the European Union pressure. The country is reportedly reconsidering its policies regarding online gambling. Soon the French may get the chance to play at a regulated online gambling industry.
Last November, a study occurred to understand the positive and negative effects of online gambling. This research is now being used by Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s office in order to determine the future of online gambling in France.
French law currently states that online betting is not allowed. However, the European Commission is pressuring France to conform to the EU treaty regarding free competition with other member nations.
The new regulations will involve issuing licenses limiting online betting to sporting events – including wagering poker games or licensing all games except lotteries.
By approving a regulated online gambling industry, France will join other countries that are taking major leaps of faith to fight for the rights of society, including, most recently and notably, Poland and South Africa.We follow and update the legal status of online gambling in different countries and regions around the world, including the developments in France.