France launches new player protection requirements
The French government has announced a new set of player protection requirements for operators who would like to offer their services to players in the country. This includes safer gambling strategies and limits on deposits, as well as some other tools.
Any operator who wants to stay in the French market must submit a safer gambling action plan to the gambling regulator L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ). The regulator will proceed to go over the plan and approve it, and might also recommend some improvements and changes in the plan.
Furthermore, such plans will need to include a review of actions taken by brands to tackle underage or problem gambling during the last year, as well as their strategies to further prevent them in the upcoming year. In case an operator owns multiple brands or venues as their subdivisions, they only have to submit a single plan for the whole company.
The French lottery operator La Française des Jeux and the horse racing Pari-Mutuel Urbain are required to submit their plans by the 30th of September 2021. Online operators must have theirs submitted a couple of months later on the 30th of November, with other types of gambling operators such as land-based casinos handing over one by the 31st of December.
Additionally, operators have to submit plans for their future promotional strategies, due on the 31st of October 2021. They will have to make sure that there is a decent enough selection of tools and resources that will help players control and improve their gambling habits. These tools include deposit and play time limits and many others.
These new player protection requirements were imposed to help improve the French gambling scene and render it safer and more enjoyable for players.