European Commission And France May Wrestle On Gambling

The French authorities’ detention and arrest of two chief executives of the Austrian online gambling operator Bwin has created a new episode in the European Commission’s gambling policy. The two executives were detained by the French authorities, alleging violation of the French territorial gaming laws that ban foreigners from conducting and advertising gambling services in France. This summary addresses the controversy between European Commission and France regarding Bwin and its impact against France, as the first clash between the European Union and a European Union member on the issue of online gambling.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the current controversy between European Commission and France regarding Bwin?
What actions are the EU and EC considering against France as a result of this affair?
Which EU laws and regulations are applicable to this situation?
On what grounds are national restrictions on gambling services justified?

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