France invites 888’s John Anderson for an ‘interview’

17th May 2007

France's moves to ban forms on internet gambling were yesterday endorsed by their invitation to 888 Holdings CEO, John Anderson for an interview. Although specifics were not released about what they wanted to speak to Mr. Anderson about, it is widely known that 888 Holdings have marketed their products, including Pacific Poker heavily in France.

Marketing drives undertaken during Mr Anderson's reign at CEO have included the sponsorship of Toulouse Football Club. This kind of marketing runs against French guidelines on the issue and have certainly ruffled a few feathers. 888 Holdings have been very vocal in defending their position in Europe under the European Union's free-trade provisions.

Although no longer CEO, Anderson is still a non-executive director with the firm, and is said to be speaking with his legal team about complying with the request from the French. "888 is in consultation with its legal advisers with regards to this inquiry and further announcements will be made in due course if appropriate."

France's strict take on online gaming was further endorsed in recent months, firstly with the arrest of two Austrian Bwin executives, and the forced cancellation of the EPT Deauville poker event.

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