Is Virtual Gambling Legal In France?

French law prohibits any games involving money, with very restrictive exceptions. Owners of virtual casinos therefore face serious risks of criminal sanctions when these casinos are accessible from France. These risks also apply to Internet service providers, to the websites promoting virtual casinos, to the banks involved in the operation, and even to virtual gamblers.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

When does French criminal law apply?
What risks do content providers face?
What risks do Internet Service Providers (“ISP”) face?
What risks do sites promoting virtual casinos face?
Who else may face criminal sanctions?

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