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France Not Against Online Gaming

2nd October

French minister Eric Woerth has made it clear that the French government was not against online gaming as long as it was regulated.

The timing is interesting because France has been receiving warnings from the rest of the European Union, which has pointed a finger at the country for not complying with free-trade agreements when it comes to online gaming. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) threatened to sue France over its state-run gaming monopoly unless changes are made. The ECJ gave the country a deadline of the 29th October to update its laws.
Discussions will commence next month in Brussels with France expected to concede the possibility of allowing private online gaming operators to take bets from French citizens. Woerth went on to say that not just any operator would be allowed into the country.

After the Brussels talks another meeting is scheduled for the 17th October in Paris. That meeting will take place with the intention of adapting the French model of betting and gaming so that it meets EU standards and allows cross-border competition.

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