France Set to Allow Online GamblingPublished April 28, 2005 by OCR Editor
Online gambling has long been popular in Europe. Legislation may change soon in Europe and the UK. There have been recent debates about it in parliaments.
Land based casino gambling in France is highly restricted and if you want to play games in France your only choice is state-managed operations. Government-run betting business enterprises are limited to Pari Mutuel Urbain lotto and the National Lottery. The majority of areas in France are forbidden from operating land based casinos and gambling machines, apart from a few small areas of the country. But an inconsistency in EU policy has allowed for French players to play online.
The large increase in high speed internet connection within France and Europe in general has a lot to do with the rise in popularity of the business. It is actually felt that the casino is in fact the catalyst for the demand for high speed internet. To play most games and use the software properly, high speed internet is required.
The relationship between high speed internet and the online casino is still a grey area. One country that seems to contradict the correlation is Spain. It has one of the lowest rates of online gambling in the EU despite having a large high speed internet market.