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French lottery joins IOC betting monitoring program

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PARIS (AP) The operator of France's national lottery has signed up to the International Olympic Committee's system for monitoring betting patterns during major sports events.

Francaise des Jeux said on Wednesday it became the first lottery in the world to join the Integrity Betting Intelligence System.

The intelligence-sharing digital platform was in place at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where no irregularities were reported. The IOC has said all 28 summer sports federations will have signed up before the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

FDJ's head of risks and security department, Thierry Pujol, says ''it's an important step in the coordination against tampering with sporting events.''

FDJ is the fourth biggest national lottery worldwide, with nearly 13 billion euros ($14.8 billion) in stakes in 2014. The company is also France's main sports betting operator.