Online gambling in France in 2012


Online gambling in France in 2012

Tendances n° 85, OFDT, 6 p.
June 2013

Given more intense illegal online gambling and in response to high European demand to open the gambling market to competition, on 12 May 2010 France opened “a controlled online gambling market to competition” in three areas: sports betting, horse race betting and poker. The 2010 law required all operators to take different measures for preventing excessive gambling and promote “responsible gambling”. Two years after the promulgation of the law, in the fourth quarter of 2012, the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT) and the Monitoring Centre for Gambling (ODJ) worked together to carry out two surveys on these activities. It was necessary to carefully document these online gambling practices by comparing the results with the initial study conducted on all gambling in 2010, prior to the legislative changes. This issue of Tendances presents the results of these two surveys. The first (Prévalence-e-JEU 2012) was conducted on a representative sample of the French adult population so that the prevalence of online gambling in the general population could be determined. The second (e-ENJEU 2012) surveyed a sample of Internet users. The sociodemographic structure of this sample was based on the sociodemographic structure of all French Internet users. This enabled the profiles of gamblers, their gambling practices and the effects of such practices to be determined (see the “methodological reference points”).

Marie-Line Tovar, Jean-Michel Costes, Vincent Eroukmanoff

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