This week a French lawmaker introduced a bill that would regulate online casinos in the country, bringing the activity to the same status as online sportsbooks and poker rooms.
The bill was introduced by Philippe Latombe, who serves in the country's National Assembly as a member of the Democratic Movement Party. The bill is formally known as Bill 1248 and would regulate online casinos while giving an initial five-year span in which only national operators could offer services in the country. The timeframe would last until January 1st, 2030 when it would then be opened to outside entities.
The activity would also be taxed at the same rate as other forms of gambling in France.
Latombe said that online gambling would generate extra tax revenues and would suit the changing tastes in gamblers, who're starting to prefer to bet from home.
France currently only allows online betting from sportsbooks and poker rooms and has taken to trying to enforce ISP block lists to keep casino gambling suppressed.
Casino Listings News will follow this bill's progress and update readers as appropriate.