Bitcoin Is Now Being Sold at Over 5,000 French Tobacco Shops

Michael LaVere
  • Keplerk is re-launching its service allowing French customers to purchase bitcoin in tobacco shops.
  • Program will be expanded from an initial six shops to more than 5200 across the country.

Keplerk has announced a “relaunch” of its crypto services allowing customers to purchase bitcoin at more than 5,000 French tobacco shops. 

According to the release published to Twitter Oct. 10, the French crypto startup will be issuing coupons at French tobacco shops allowing users to purchase BTC in 50, 100 or 250 euro denominations.

The service was originally launched in January 2019, before being suspended after less than two months amidst regulatory uncertainty and pressure from France’s central bank. 

While the initial program only involved six outlets, Keplerk says that customers will be able to purchase BTC in 5,200 tobacco shops across the country as apart of the relaunch, via a partnership with payment terminal provider Bimedia. 

Keplerk’s revival follows news of growing interest in bitcoin and crypto in France. Last month, it was reported that more than 25,000 major retailers, including sportswear giant Decathlon and beauty product supplier Sephora, would be accepting BTC payments beginning early next year. In addition, Domino’s France celebrated its 30th anniversary with a competition paying more than $100,000 in BTC as the grand prize. 

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