Further to a request in relation to the gambling and betting market, made by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) under article L. 462-1 of the French Code de commerce, and regarding French statute n° 2010-476 , which regulates online betting and gambling, the French Competition Authority acted ex officio in September 2010 and delivered an opinion on 20 January 2011. I. The Facts Online gambling and betting is a growing market. Prior to recent French legislation (statute n° 2010-476, 12 May 2010), the organisation of gambling and betting in France was entrusted to just a few operators (La Française des Jeux, PMU and casinos) with exclusive rights. With this new legislation, France has created regulated competition for three categories of online games: sports betting,
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