France Introduces Tougher Player Protection Regulations
The French government has introduced a new set of player protection requirements for gambling operators who wish to provide their services within the country. The new provisions include safer gambling strategies, deposit limits, and further tools.
Any operator that wishes to provide services within France will have to submit a safer gambling action plan to the country’s regulator, the L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ). It will then be assessed by the regulator who can approve it or request amendments.
Operators must include in their action plans details of how they have worked to prevent underage and excessive gambling over the past year and what strategies they intend to use in the future. However, if an operator is behind numerous brands, then they only need to submit a single plan for the entire company.
The country’s lottery operator, La Française des Jeux (EPA: FDJ), and the horseracing Pari-Mutuel Urbain have been given until the end of September to submit their plans. Online operators have an additional two months and must submit them by 30 November, while land-based casinos have until the end of the year.
Furthermore, all operators will have to submit details about their future promotional strategies by 31 October.
Operators need to provide players with a reasonable section of tools and resources to help them monitor and control their gambling, such as deposit limits and play time limits. It is hoped that these new regulations will lead to an overall improvement in the industry and create a safer environment for players.