The first report on the prevalence of problem gambling since the partial liberalisation of the French online gaming market shows a decline in the number of problem gamblers, with the country’s regulator L’autorité de regulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) “welcoming” the decline but expressing concern about social casino games.

A survey conducted by health watchdog Institut national de prévention et d’éduction pour la santé (INPES), in partnership with addiction charity Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (OFDT), shows that 3.7 per cent of those over 18 years of age – 2 million people – participated in online gambling.

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