Yes, gambling is considered legal in France. Nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that not all forms of online gambling in France are indeed legal. Namely, casino games, spread betting and betting exchanges are not.
Exchange betting is among the types of gambling activities that are not legal in France, as they are deemed too addictive. As a consequence, betting exchanges in France are not licensed.
The most popular online gambling sites that operate in France are Bwin and PokerStars Sports. They both hold a local license issued by ANJ, the local regulatory authority for online games.
Bwin France is one of the most prominent international bookmakers that accepts French players. It offers betting on 50+ sports, with more than 30.000 pre-match events per month, plus various bonuses and promotions.
Bet365 is not among the licensed bookies that operate in France with the approval of ANJ. Thus, it is not considered legal and it does not accept French bettors.