May 14, 2010

France: Constitutional Council clears new egaming laws

France's Constitutional Council, the highest constitutional authority in the country, has declared that new laws regulating online gaming are constitutional, paving the way for a French egaming licence system.

The decision yesterday afternoon follows an appeal to the Council by the French Socialist Party in the wake of the law being voted in by the National Assembly on 6 April.

It dismisses all the complaints against the regulation presented by its opponents, which included that the law infringes the public’s right to health protection and that it contravenes the principle of equality in taxation, and will lead to the creation of the new Autorité de Régulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL) egaming regulator.

Official decrees providing details of the regulation such as tax rates, which products will be authorised and how the regulation will function will be published by French budget minister François Baroin shortly.

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