French Court Calls Gambling Monopoly Illegal

Law360, New York (July 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A French court has ruled that France's refusal to allow outside competitors into its online gambling market is a violation of European Union law, in a decision that may bring an end to the state-run gambling monopoly.

France's highest court, the Cour de Cassation, ruled on Wednesday that France must allow online gambling company Zeturf, based in Malta, to operate in France.

The decision overturns an earlier verdict that upheld a government ban on outside competitors in the industry. Pari Mutuel Urbain, the state-owned company that...
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