France's online gambling regulator ARJEL has released figures showing that in FY 2017 French online gambling revenue rose 18 percent year-on-year to Euro 962 million.
The increase was attributed to rising bets and entry fees, which collectively grew 9 percent year-on-year to Euro 9.2 billion.
Sports betting was the most popular with French punters, delivering Euro 2.51 billion in wagers over the year from 2 million gamblers – up 400,000 players compared with the preceding year. Online betting on horse racing rose for the first time in four years, recording an active punter base of 523,000 (2016 – 484,000).
Online poker deposits rose marginally at 1 percent year-on-year to Euro 3.6 billion on cash games, with tournaments delivering a 9 percent y-o-y improvement.
Government tax and fees coffers benefitted by 13 percent yea-on-year at Euro 439 million.