CASE COMMENTS: REGULATORY - MONOPOLISTIC ENTITY - HORSE RACING BETTING

Online gambling: The French Competition Authority identifies a series of competition issues raised by the horse racing incumbent operator’s activities (PMU)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The Competition Authority has obtained from the Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) that it separate its online horse betting activity from that of its network of physical outlets under monopoly. The gambling sector has long been structured around monopolies, entrusted by law to La Française des Jeux (FDJ) for lotteries and scratch games, to the PMU for horse betting and to casinos for ring games. The PMU's monopoly covered both the organization of horse betting in its physical network and online. Considering that such monopolies were contrary to the principle of freedom to provide services, laid down in Article 56 of the TFEU, the European Commission formally

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Jean-Paul Tran Thiet, Emily Xueref-Poviac, Online gambling: The French Competition Authority identifies a series of competition issues raised by the horse racing incumbent operator’s activities (PMU), 25 February 2014, Concurrences N° 2-2014, Art. N° 66042, pp. 192-193

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