Reuters has learned that the largest cryptocurrency in the world can now be bought in six tobacco stores in Paris. However, in a contradictory report, the French magazine Capital has claims that there are up to 24 stores currently participating in the Keplerk-backed experiment – a French cryptocurrency wallet provider.
According to Capital, customers can buy Bitcoin for 50, 100 or 250 euros. The tobacconist then provides a ticket with an alphanumeric code and a QR code, which can then be used to obtain the bitcoins purchased through the Keplerk website. The magazine adds that Keplerk receives a commission of 7% on each payment, of which 1.25 is then sent to tobacco.
Adil Zakhar, co-founder of Keplerk – the French supplier of encrypted wallet that has backed the experiment – announced to Reuters that he was considering expanding the project to 6,500 tobacco bureaus. February here.
Like Cointelegraph reported In November 2018, the French federation of tobacco obtained the authorization to negotiate the purchase of Bitcoin in its stores of the French Supervisory Authority and Prudential Resolution (ACPR), an independent agency that operates under the aegis of the French Republic. central bank.
However, the day the news was announced, the country's central bank denied the news, saying it had not yet approved any cryptocurrency transactions.
In addition, the French securities regulator (AMF) published a related statement reminding the public of the risks of dealing with cryptocurrencies. In addition, the AMF stated that PAYSAFEBIT SASU – the legal entity originally from Keplerk – was not licensed by the French authorities.
Nevertheless, in his latest article, Reuters reports that French government did not impose a de facto ban on selling Bitcoin at tobacco shops.
France continues to show a mixed attitude towards cryptocurrencies: for example, in December, the AMF blacklisted four websites related to cryptography for unauthorized investment offers. December 18, the French Parliament rejected the majority of the amendments related to the cryptography of the 2019 Finance Bill, which were intended to reduce the taxation of entrepreneurs and traders.