The French law on online gambling passed on 12 May 2010 has
recently opened up the French market for online gambling, notably
in relation to sports betting, circle games and horse race
In so far as online sports betting is concerned, the French Code
of Sport provides that:
operators have to obtain authorisation from the managers of
sports events to organise online gambling on such events or
the French Competition Authority (the "Authority")
has to issue an opinion on each draft contract authorising the
organisation of online gambling.
In light of this context and in order to provide concerned
operators with the necessary clarifications, the Authority has
decided to open an ex-officio investigation at the end of which it
will issue a general opinion on potential competition problems
arising from the online gambling sector.
This opinion will set out a general legal framework for the
sector and will include guidelines for all operators developed in
consultation with the French Regulatory Authority for Online
The Authority will issue its opinion by the end of the year and
will notably deal with the following:
possible competition restraints in the market access and in
particular the issue of contracts to be entered into to obtain the
right to organise bets and the conditions under which such a right
consequences for competition from the subsistence of a monopoly
over certain activities (in particular "bricks and
mortar" networks) and the difficulties raised by the existence
of vertically integrated operators (bet organisers that are also
owners of the rights to organise bets);
pricing policy of operators such as loyalty rebates or rebates
for tied sales.
To view Community Week, Issue 489 – 20 September 2010
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