Betting in France

Best Bookmakers in France

France is a transcontinental country and one of Europe's most advanced countries. It is also one of the historical centers of gambling and sports betting.
Its affluent aristocratic society could easily afford entertainment in the form of gambling, including betting on horse races and card games.

The appearance of the world's first "Roulette" wheel in France is considered the most likely version of history.

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Most Visited French Betting Sites
Rank in France: Detailed Information
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Most Popular Betting Markets
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby
  • Popular payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, PayPal, Paysafecard
  • Currency: € (Euro / EUR)

Top 10 French Betting Sites

(Rank in Country | Percent of French Visitors)

Parions Sport Betting Site

1. FDJ Parions Sport

Rank in Country: 194

Percent of Visitors: 87.6%

Winamax Betting Site

2. Winamax

Rank in Country: 260

Percent of Visitors: 94.1

Paris Sportifs Betting Site

3. PMU Paris Sportifs

Rank in Country: 1,281

Percent of Visitors: 47.4%

Unibet Betting Site

4. Unibet (France)

Rank in Country: -

Percent of Visitors: 95.0


Bwin Betting Site

5. Bwin (France)

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Betclic Betting Site

6. Betclic (France)

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Pasinobet Betting Site

7. Pasinobet

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Netbet Betting Site

8. Netbet (France)

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Bookmakers and Betting Sites in France
Sports Betting and Bookmakers in France

New changes to the laws have further driven interest in sports betting in France, as gamblers are now completely exempt from paying taxes on their winnings.
A small number of betting sites with a local license actually have a monopoly on the bookmaker market.
Because of high taxation on the gambling industry and, in particular, on licensed bookmakers, they are forced to use less than favorable odds in their betting offers.

All this contributes to the fact that unlicensed betting sites in France still succeed in taking French gamblers as customers.
The legal absence of gambler accountability for betting on unlicensed betting sites has had a positive impact on this situation.

It is easy to conclude that the country's residents can in fact play on any reliable online platforms that accept French gamblers.

The final decision on where to place bets should be made by the gamblers, based on their interests and needs.

Our list of betting websites in France is sure to help in this, as it notes which companies have a local license and which do not.

Bookmakers Accepting French Players

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How many locals participate in Sports Betting?

French Gamblers

At least 30% of the French regularly use the services of gambling establishments and place sports bets on betting websites.
In addition, the country is showing a steady annual growth in the number of local bettors from completely different social strata.

The proportion of women who enjoy sports betting is growing steadily as well (by 5% per year on average).

Which kinds of sports betting are popular in France?

Popular Bets in France

The most popular betting in France is on football and tennis. Local players are less likely to place bets on rugby, volleyball and basketball. Of course, the French love cycling, so it is also a must for local bettors.

Due to this fact, the residents have an increased interest in football betting.

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