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In a major blow to existent French gaming law, the French high court - le Cour de Cassation - ruled that the French horse racing monopolist Parimutuel Urbain (PMU) cannot prevent Malta-based ZeTurf from offering wagers over the internet on French horse races. The pdf of the decision is here. The decision by the French High …

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Clarification

"Conditions are not met to open bookmaking to all sports games, such as the Tour de France for example, since there is no market yet"

There probably *is* a market, given the amount of excitement events like the Tour de France, football matches, Rugby championships and so on produce. It's just that the French government doesn't allow betting on them to any major extent and certainly doesn't go out of its way to advertise what it does allow.

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Bad thing for horses

The aim of PMU is to pay and maintain the french horses, that's why this is a monopoly. More here : http://www.pmu.fr/pmu/html/eng/corporate/pc_history.htm

It's not a good idea to allow people that just want to make money against bet, against peopler that protect the horses !

Of course, about the others type of bet, no reason to keep any monopoly.

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No market for Tour de France?

"Conditions are not met to open bookmaking to all sports games, such as the Tour de France for example, since there is no market yet"

This is extremely good news. Does it mean that I can have back the £10 I lost on Betfair when Tom Boonen didn't win the second stage into Gent last week?

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