UK government attack French gambling law

The House of Lords have collectively condemned the French government and their protectionist gambling laws that defend their state monopoly on gambling.

Lord James of Blackheath revealed that the punishment for a French national to place a bet with a British online bookmaker is one year in prison and a €75,000 fine – the exact same punishment received for paedophiles that download child porn.

Although perhaps a little bit too explicit in his criticism, it certainly is a pertinent point.

Now questions are being asked of the government how they will address the matter, but one thing is for certain – the House of Lords would not condone a move mirroring the French policy.

"The European Commission has made it clear that the French law is not acceptable within the framework of the European Community and as a consequence we have no intention of following that atrocious example,” said Lord Davies of Oldham.

France are under continued pressure form the European Commission to open up their gambling market and get inline with the EU treaty that promotes free competition. Although once vehemently refusing to budge, it seems only a matter of time before they acquiesce -  to some extent at least.

Editor, - 2008-05-07 11:22:08

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