France's public prosecutor has recommended that €40,000 fines be handed down to bwin.party chief executive Norbert Teufelberger and his bwin co-founder Manfred Bodner for pre-regulation activities in the French market.

The case, which is being heard in a court in the commune of Nanterre, near Paris, will continue over the coming weeks before a final ruling is issued.

It is being pursued by France’s public prosecutor after the original complainants, former French monopoly operators La Française des Jeux (FDJ) and Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) withdrew their complaints – with PMU doing so as far back as March 2011.

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