Française des Jeux (FDJ) makes play for UK National Lottery

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France’s newly privatised bookmaker is making a play for the National Lottery, further raising the stakes in the race to seize control of the prized contract from Camelot.

Representatives for Française des Jeux (FDJ), one of Europe’s most powerful gaming firms, are understood to have held talks with Rothschild, the investment bank leading the hunt for the next National Lottery operator.

Industry sources confirmed the discussions as FDJ last week celebrated Frances’s biggest stock market float for almost 15 years.

Its privatisation has been a coup for the economic reform programme of Emmanuel Macron, the president.