New French gambling regulator ANJ is set to launch

State councilor for France’s National Commission for Data Protections Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin will be the president of the new gambling regulator L’ autorite Nationale des Jeux (ANJ). Falque-Pierrotin, a graduate of the HEC business school in Paris, worked in the French courts before being appointed vice-chair of the National Commission for Data Protections in 2009 and the state councilor in 2011.

In a press release from French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe, the French government announced ANJ which was created on 1st January 2020 will be officially operating during this spring and will be the one issuing licenses to operators of online games and sports betting.

ANJ will replace online gambling regulator l’autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL), but – unlike ARJEL – will also regulate casinos, horse racing in Paris and lottery games. It also will oversee the commercial communications from gambling providers and have control of the fight against illegal gambling sites.

The prime minister’s office stated: “With its scope extended to cover all forms of gambling, additional powers and increased resources, this new body will become the main player in the regulation of gambling in France. The Agency will have the power to tackle gambling addiction, to ensure minors are protected, to prevent fraudulent or criminal activity by combatting money laundering, and ensuring economic stability across the various gaming sectors.”

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