The online gambling scene in France is on the verge of changing irrevocably with the imminent enactment of a new legislation inspired in part from the successful example of the UK and other European countries. It remains a vastly untapped potential for online gambling operators. The liberalization of the market, which up until now has been controlled by the monopoly of the state-owned Française des Jeux, is under intense scrutiny from the European Commission while at the same time preparing itself for the fast-paced environment of the online gambling world in which operators are already active offering an ever-growing choice of games of chance to the willing French consumer สล็อตpg ออนไลน์.
In this article I will attempt to cover the key points of the emerging French Gaming Law (which remains to be finalized) by looking at its viability with regard to tax and licensing regimes and how it will affect foreign entrants to the market.
In the interests of the consumers, an essential element of this legislation aims to prevent addiction by fixing limits on bets and winnings that may be placed or received by punters. With this in mind, operators will be obligated to include warnings about underage playing and the potential risks of excessive gambling.
The opening of the market will include horse races and sports betting and shared games of skill, involving the ability of the player to improve his or her chances by adopting certain strategies in relation to their opponents – such as online poker. Hence, lotteries, online slot machines, betting exchanges and casino games involving playing the bank (blackjack and roulette for example) will be excluded from the opening as they are considered too addictive.
A new independent public authority, ARJEL (Games Regulations Authority) will be set up specifically to regulate the remote gambling market, responsible for:
· Ensuring compliance with policy objectives regarding internet accessible games.
· Suggesting to government specific requirements for different types of licenses available.
· Preparing and attributing online gambling operator license requests.
· Monitoring online operations and clamping down on illegal gambling sites and fraud.
ARJEL will be empowered to block access to such websites through a direct injunction to Internet Service Providers and block such financial transactions.
· Enacting auditing rules concerning technical and financial data for each transaction.
· Making suggestions to Government on legislative and regulatory issues.
· All operators shall be required to provide information and guarantees as to their identification, gambling experience, shareholding, measures taken to prevent fraud and money laundering, secure online payments and protection of data and minors.
· Licenses will be granted to operators within Member States of the EU or ECC. Any of these whose headquarters or shareholders are based in so-called non-co-operative tax havens shall be refused licenses to offer their services in France.
· Online gambling internet websites must be accessible through a first level domain name ending in “.fr”.
· A mirror server, based in France, shall contain all data relative to gambling activities and exchanges between players and operators.
· Licenses shall be granted for five-year renewable periods and shall be non-transferable.
· The tax rate will be based on the amount wagered by players, according to the following: