Three new casinos have opened in France since 2013, but revenues have stagnated in the past two years, reaching €2.203bn in 2015.
France is now home to 201 casinos in total, with the majority under the control of four large groups: Partouche, Barriere, JOA and Tranchant.
Individual player visits slightly increased by several hundred thousand to just over 32m, despite increased competition from online gambling which was first legalised in the country in 2010 and other gambling operators specifically the “Française des Jeux”.
France’s casino sector has shed 1,000 jobs throughout the two- year period. Currently 14,000 full time staff are employed in the sector, compared with 15,000 in 2013.
The country’s wide-ranging Digital Republic Bill, which will allow international poker liquidity for the first time while lifting the threat of prosecution for participation in e-sports, is set to come into legislation within the next few months.
The Bill will grant ARJEL, France’s online gambling watchdog, the power to negotiate agreements with regulators in other jurisdictions to devise mutual agreements regarding poker liquidity.
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: 1st September 2016