The French gambling market is preparing for regulatory overhaul, after the successful partial sale of state lottery Française des Jeux’s (FDJ) began a chain of events that will eventually lead to the creation of a new regulator.
Plans for the National Gambling Authority (ANJ) were notified to the European Commission in late 2019 and are expected to be approved in the first half of 2020.
The new body will oversee at least some aspects of all gambling sectors in France, in the process absorbing online regulator ARJEL.
However overall oversight of the casino sector will continue to be managed by the Ministry of Interior.
The French Council of Ministers has said that the ANJ will focus on the fight against excessive gambling in its work with land-based casinos, but that other areas of oversight will continue to sit with the interior ministry.
France is home to 201 casinos in total, with the majority under the control of four large groups: Barriere, Partouche, JOA and Tranchant.
The sector accounts for around 23 percent of the french gambling market, according to data from Casinos de France.
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
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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