Last March, the Interior Ministry agreed to the opening of two casinos in the Var, one at Sanary-sur-Mer and the other at Seyne-sur-Mer and also three other casinos in Fréjus, Fort-Mahon-Plage and Mers- les- Bains. This news immediately sent a wave of discontent over the French casino operator, the Partouche Group. The latter made its discontent known by going before the Administrative Court in Toulon. It claims that the two future casinos in the Var will have a detrimental effect on its Bandol casino because they will be so near to it. The inquiry carried out by Atout France backs up the Partouche Group’s statement and predicts that its gross income from gaming will fall by 55%.The Partouche Group wants gaming policy changed in order to protect existing casinos. The Chairman of its Board, Fabrice Paire, believes that in certain French regions, such as the south, the construction of new casinos should be banned whereas up to now all requests have been granted. On the other hand, the main groups which want to build casinos should be automatically directed to those regions which lack casinos such as the east and the Ile- de- France. The other French casino groups also approve of the idea of revising gaming policy in France. Some of these have let their discontent be known concerning the construction of casinos as is the case of the Joa Group which went before the Amiens Administrative Court to oppose the building of the Mers-les-Bains Casino. It claimed that this new establishment would cast a shadow over its Treport Casino.All of the casinos wish to protect themselves as much as possible. It must be admitted that between the smoking ban in public places, the economic crisis and the opening up of online gaming that things haven’t been rosy for casinos in recent years. The management just want to protect their establishments while at the same time trying to re-launch their business thanks to major financial investment.
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