Racecourses in France

French racecourses in France are controlled by the industry body – France Galop.

There are a cluster of racecourses in and around the French capital of Paris – Longchamp, Auteuil, Maison-Laffittes and Saint Cloud.

Other racecourses of note are Pau – in the South West, Deauville in Normandy, Chantilly in Hauts de France and Cagnes-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur.

At the last count, there are over 250 hippodromes offering traditional horse racing and trotting races (le Trot)

There are no on-course bookmakers in France, and no betting shops. Pool betting is state controlled and is facilitated in PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain) shops that you will find in every French town and City, which also act as bars and sell other gaming products such as lotto. The PMU also is the conduit for betting on-course – similar to the Tote offering in Ireland & the UK.

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