French commercial casinos decry FDJ’s ‘monopolistic advantages’

French commercial casinos decry FDJ’s ‘monopolistic advantages’

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  • Jake Pollard, SBC News
January 18, 2024 4:19 PM

France’s largest casino groups have written to the new Prime Minister Gabriel Attal excoriating Française des Jeux (FDJ) for its aggressive expansionary policies and the “monopolistic advantages” that enable the former state-owned company to operate across all verticals and channels in the country.

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The letter, seen by the newspaper Les Echos, was signed by the CEOs of the Barrière, Partouche, Tranchant and JOA casino groups and denounced the “major distortions of competition”.

The casino groups state that FDJ benefits from, such advantages as “access (to FDJ premises) without ID, the ease with which new games can be offered, the absence of controls at points of sale, unlike casinos, and the use of the same FDJ customer account for games (offered under its) monopoly and (those operated in a) competitive context”.