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Rumours are circulating that Paris-based Groupe Partouche will close its .fr site before the end of the year. The news comes a week after the company’s decision to shut down the Partouche Poker Tour after this year following the prize pool controversy. has suffered from fierce competition and an arduous tax structure. The company will also face a likely shortage of liquidity online following the closure of its poker tour.

No official announcement has been made by Partouche. The company declined our requests for comment.

Partouche’s exit is not the first. This week four operators, including Snai and Titan, were given permission by French regulator ARJEL to have their licenses repealed. Earlier this year, Titan closed its french site.

The decline in the French market—down a further 11%, according to the latest figures—may prompt ARJEL to change its rigid tax structure and share player pools with other European member states, analysts told PokerUpdate.

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