New legislative body against illegal sites and influencers

New tools join the hordes of French authorities in the fight against sports betting sites and illegal gambling. On Thursday, February 24, the Diet decisively adopted a bill aimed at “democratizing sports.” The bill specifically contains provisions to prevent online gambling that is not permitted to operate in France.

These activities are strictly regulated. To open a site that offers sports betting or casino-type games, you need to request approval from the National Gaming Authority (ANJ, formerly Arjel), which checks. As far as betting is concerned, not everything is allowed. The site cannot offer users to bet only on specific sports or specific results.

What will the law change?

During the review of the bill in the Senate, Sports Minister Roxana Malacineanu told herself. “We have been hit by an increase in the number of online bets during the health crisis. (…). However, these are bets made on sites not listed on ANJ. “.. Some sports betting sites that are not allowed in the area, such as BetFair and Pinnacle, can actually attract French players, for example with higher odds, thanks to more favorable taxes.

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In the past, in the face of these sites, ANJ could initiate a formal notification and warning process for the sites involved. After that, I was able to go to the judge and ask the Internet Service Provider (ISP) block to order a supplier. These sites for subscribers. “Previously it was a rather barbaric and verbose procedure, but this text gives ANJ more privileges.”Believes in Matthew Escande, a lawyer who is a gambling specialist. Authorities are actively engaged in the fight against illegal sites. According to ANJ, in 2021, 232 domain names corresponding to 100 illegal gambling sites were blocked at the request of justice.

An amendment submitted to the Senate and validated by Parliament simplifies this process. In the future, whenever ANJ identifies an unauthorized gambling site, ANJ will need to send a formal notification to the relevant site and its host and give a five-day response. But after this time, you no longer have to go to the judge. ANJ can directly order the block of sites involving ISPs, the latter of which may challenge this decision in court. “This text works very well for people in Barbados who make small fraudulent sites, quick online casinos.”I believe in Matthieu Escande.

Target some influencers

With just two clicks, a particular French internet user can now find a large number of sites and videos promoting sites that are not approved in the region. “Providing the best odds on the market”Boasts YouTubeur, which has 100,000 subscribers, for example, for pinnacle sites that are not available in France in principle. A site that explains how to use the intermediary service (brokerThere are many things on the French web that allow you to bet on sites that are not approved by ANJ.

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The bill also covers these sites and “influencers.” With the proposed amendment submitted to the Senate, ANJ will send formal notices to sites and Internet users that place such advertisements, as well as related hosts (such as social networks and YouTube) to remove such advertisements. You can ask to do it. content. In this new procedure, for example, sites that promote brokerage services betting on Pinnacle or BetFair may be subject to administrative block requests.

In the case of Matthieu Escande, this text is reminiscent of the old law of June 2, 1891, which prohibits the promotion of secret horse racing bets. “There was a bookmaker betting on books at the edge of the racetrack.”That is, the lawyer explains, slyly. Today, both brokers propose to act as intermediaries with foreign sites, “Tarekomi”Provides predictions to bettors, especially on sites that are theoretically inaccessible in France. The latter have been in ANJ’s view for a long time, pointing out that they are lending themselves to deceptive business practices by requesting predictions. Authorities explained that they had made about 50 reports. “Tarekomi” Twelve to the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), and to the Prosecutor’s Office.