Three new casinos have opened in France since 2013, but revenues have only recently recovered from a minor decline, rising to €2.26bn in 2016.
France is now home to 200 casinos in total, with the majority under the control of four large groups:, Barriere, Partouche, JOA and Tranchant.
Individual player visits have slightly increased to just over 32m, despite increased competition from online gambling, which was first legalised in the country in 2010.
France’s casino sector has shed 500 jobs since 2013. Currently 14,500 full time staff are employed in the sector, compared with 15,000 in 2013.
The country’s wide-ranging Digital Republic Bill, which allows international poker liquidity for the first time while lifting the threat of prosecution for participation in esports, has recently passed into law.
The law introduced rules on shared poker liquidity with other member states of the European Union and EEA countries. France inked an agreement to this effect with Portugal, Italy and Spain in Rome during the summer of 2017.
In France the “L ‘interdiction volontaire de jeux”, or self-exclusion programme, was introduced in 2007 to prevent self-excluded players from accessing land-based casinos and gaming halls.
Under the Online Gambling Act 2010, the programme was extended to cover online games.
Once on the list, the player’s exclusion period lasts for a minimum of three years.
After this time, an applicant can explicitly contact the Ministry of the Interior in order to be removed from the list.
Various land-based casinos have implemented their own self-exclusion measures entitled “ANPR”, under which players can ban themselves from individual casinos without the consequence of a nation-wide and online ban.
Wagers on slot machines in French casinos are capped at a maximum of €50.
Operating hours for each casino are determined by the terms of the individual licence granted to each casino.
According to law, gambling television adverts must be accompanied by a warning message highlighting the risks of gambling addiction.
A message containing the phone number of an advice helpline must also be included.
Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old
Smoking Ban: YES
Terrestrial:Multiple licences (not capped).
Online: Multiple licences but limited by product to poker (cash game or tournament).
Terrestrial:Table games, card games or roulette-based games, slot machines.
Terrestrial:Ministry of Finance/Ministry of the Interior
Size of Illegal Gambling Market:Estimated to be worth 15 to 20 percent of the legal online market (€150m GGR approximately).
Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:France does not have a blacklist of banned online gambling sites. Instead, ARJEL has been able, since 2014, to close illegal sites through their ISP under certain conditions.
ARJEL also has the ability to conduct payment blocking through a procedure in collaboration with the Budget Ministry.
Currency : Euro
(Source:The World Bank)
GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 21,22,761
Internet Penetration (Internet Users):83.8%
(Source: The World Bank)
Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 100%
(Source: The World Bank)
Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):27
(Source: World Bank Group)
Last Updated: May 2019