French gambling laws introduced during 2010 are having a negative effect on the gambling industry, principally due to high taxation.
French Gambling Laws
France has a long history of association with gambling. The Queen first became included in the French deck of cards, the Roulette wheel was invented by a French man and casinos have long been present all over France.
In 1987 the minimum age for gambling was dropped from 21 to 18 years of age. Slot machines were illegal then but in 1988 they were legalised all over France.
During 2007 the EU served notice on France requesting it to amend their laws to comply with European laws in terms of online gambling. Subsequently, during 2009 gambling laws were amended to open up the online gambling market to operators from other EU countries. The new gambling bill was criticised for giving preference to French online gambling operators. French gambling laws were then amended again during 2010.