As announced on January 26, 2007, French authorities are following the move of their US counterparts against online poker rooms and online gambling sites that the leading online poker rooms will be banned from advertising.
French authorities said that Le Salon des Ambassadeurs, a French club, has prohibited all gambling images from Pokerstars, one of the most famous online poker rooms that are scheduled to have a poker tournament at the French club.
This move shows that the French officials are doubling their offensive moves not only against online poker, but against internet gambling sites as a whole.
Last September 2006, officials of BWIN, sports online betting site, were held in France. BWIN executives were arrested under a similar law adapted to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of America (UIGEA).
In another symbolic act to show that French officials are serious against online gaming, the European Poker Tour announced earlier in January that the famous Deauville part of the tournament was to be called off.
The cancellation of the tournament was very surprising since it happened on such short notice even despite the fact that the European Poker Tour in Deauville for the past 2 years had received a wide following from poker players.
February 25, 2007