A trial which began recently, and these are the three major groups of French casinos, such as barrier, and Tranchant Joagroupe who led several groups of foreign sites online games with Bwin, Unibet and Sportingbet before the Paris Criminal Court .
The three major groups are facing hard foreign sites to recognize the illegal practice of their activity in France itself.
But the three French groups are not alone in this confrontation, and that 104 of the 197 French casinos in difficulty who join the case, pointing the finger at foreign sites that can offer the French players on their sites online games, games of chance like slot machines, poker, roulette or blackjack …
The accusers subject to regulation and taxation a very limited denounce clear that this competition is simply a violation of the current French legislation. According to them, their servers are based in countries where gambling and its legal … privatization generates significant tax revenue for the French state.
Given that the accused defend themselves, and consider that the French court is incompetent to judge. Besides, the defense lawyers follow the same speech that the lawyer Bwin Gutke Olivier, who said that although the site was French, the judge can not have the jurisdiction to decide the charges against Bwin knowing that the latter is domiciled in Gibraltar.
Apart from one symbolic euro in damages, the French casinos hope through this lawsuit an end to the “temporary ban for two years for offenders to receive directly or indirectly licensed games on the internet.” Casinos French while trying to slow the progression of climbing sites online games scratch increasingly market gambling, this allowing them to raise their heads above water.
But those sites have expressed their plan to seek an operating license in France at the opening of the market but are worried that the court decides the order as “Santa Casa” of the European Court of Justice, which September 2009 to consider “justified” the prohibition by Portugal to the Austrian company Bwin offer gambling on the internet in this country in order to ensure consumer safety?