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French Protest Over Proposed Changes to Horse Racing Betting

11 Mar , 2020,
Beth Weissman
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French Protest Over Proposed Changes to Horse Racing Betting

Anger was simmering in France over issues related to gambling for more than a year and Wednesday it came to a boil as more than 2,000 people took to the streets to protest possible changes to the horse racing industry.

More than 2,000 people descended on the Ministry of Finance office in Paris Wednesday to protest proposed changes to France’s horse racing industry.

The demonstrators were comprised of mostly thoroughbred and trotting employees and assembled in Paris while watching finance ministry building in a peaceful, but powerful rally. They have been fearful proposed alterations could put them away from work.

They were voicing concerns over a plan with betting machines that the federal government wants to install around the country, too as drops in revenue that they believe can also be the fault of elected officials.

Wagering Machines Opposed

Horse racing is big company in France and has one of many world’s premiere events, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, which is run the very first Sunday of October and was in existence since 1920.

It’s widely thought that the sport of kings is the best in most of Europe.

The industry has been rich in tradition since Joseph Oller, who was simply also co-founder of the Moulin-Rouge, invented pari-mutual betting in 1891. Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) was developed in 1930 and it has controlled wagering since, both on and off the track.

The issue that is main authorities wanted to set up

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