French sports and horse racing betting operator France Pari has been awarded a five-year extension to its online gaming licences by the country’s regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL).

The operator, one of the first to be approved by ARJEL when the French iGaming market opened in June 2010, had to apply for the extension after its original licence reached the end of its five-year term.

France Pari is now licensed to continue offering its B2C and B2B services in the country until June 2020.

“When the French market opened, it was the start of our betting operations,” France Pari founder and chief executive Hervé Schlosser said. “Five years later we are well established as an operator but also as a global betting provider on a European scale.”

The operator has enjoyed strong growth since its 2010 launch with its B2B business Sportnco expanding into new markets and establishing itself as a key service provider in the French market.

Across the six sports betting platforms it operates – Joa-online.fr, NetBet.fr, ZEbet.fr, france-pari.fr, genybet.fr and feelingbet.fr – it has a market share similar to that of former monopoly operator La Française des Jeux.

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