The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from horse betting company consisting in the separation of its on-line and off-line horse betting activities to settle a case for potential abuse of a dominant position (Betclic / PMU)

The commitments proposed by the PMU follow a formal complaint lodged by a competing online horse betting company, Betclic, on January 2012, to the French Competition Authority. In its compliant, Betclic alleged that PMU was abusing its legal monopoly on the French off-line horse betting market to exclude competitors on the online horse betting market. Since the opening of the online gambling sector to competition with Law dated 12 May 2010 (which itself followed EU proceedings against the French monopoly granted to PMU and Française des Jeux), only 8 alternative operators have been approved by the online gambling regulation Authority (“Arjel”). And despite this competition, PMU has

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Ombline Ancelin, The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from horse betting company consisting in the separation of its on-line and off-line horse betting activities to settle a case for potential abuse of a dominant position (Betclic / PMU), 30 October 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2013, Art. N° 59422

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