There are changes afoot in the French betting industry as a new regulatory body has taken on a bigger role in the oversight of the sector.
L’Autorite nationale des Jeux (ANJ) is closer to becoming the main regulator of the industry, and ultimately replacing l’Autorite nationale de regulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) in the role as primary governing body.
The development has occurred with the publication of a new decree which sets out the important responsibilities and functions of the new body. The decree, which effectively formalises the transfer of responsibilities from the ARJEL to the ANJ, has been effective since March 4, and when ANJ senior leadership meet for the first time, they will become the de facto French regulator.
Under the terms of the new arrangement, ANJ will serve as a single group with the authority to oversee all gambling in France. This will include internet gambling, horse racing, lottery gaming and land based casinos. This represents a significant expansion in responsibilities as the ANJ predecessor, ARJEL had only had responsibility for the online betting realm.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the former state councillor at the National Commission for Data Protections, is set to be the new president of ANJ, an appointment that was announced last month.
The setting up of the ANJ was announced last year, before the privatisation of La Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) the national state lottery. This was completed by December, and reportedly raised €1.8 billion in revenue for the French state.
As part of its role, the ANJ will be responsible for a number of duties, including enforcing sanctions on licensed operators. Falque-Pierrotin will have responsibility for the operation of the organisation and all new regulatory decisions and rulings will be published on the ANJ site. The ANJ will be led by a board consisting of eight people.