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New bill relating to Paris & online poker

New bill relating to Paris & online poker

The French National Assembly adopted the project to bring out a new rule to reduce the monopoly and regulate the sector of online poker.


The proposed law aims to regulate the online poker sector which at present is mostly illegal. It is also supposed to put an end to the monopoly held currently by PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain), FDJ (la Française des jeux), Casinos on Paris hippodromes and poker.


The operators will have to co-operate in their commitment to maintain a healthy competition. An administrative authority for the regulation of online game - l’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) will be created to oversee the control of activities and fight against the illegal offers.


The proposal had been in the pipeline for some time. It was first presented to the council of ministers on March 25th, 2009 by Eric Woerth, the minister for budget, public accounts and public functions. National assembly had adopted it on October 13th, 2009 after first reading. Senate had modified the text on February 24th, 2010 which was adopted on April 6th, 2010 without further modification.


It may also be noted that European Commission has been asking France to open up this sector to competition since 2007. A non-compliance may lead to follow-up at the European court of justice.