France: A new law on gambling clubs to be issued this week
The outcome of the legal case involving Aviation Club de France (ACF), one of the most attended Paris-based poker rooms, is still uncertain after two months of closure. However, this week is expected to be a great moment both for ACF and other operational gambling clubs. France Inter recently informed the amendment of May 5, 1947 Decree concerning the regulation of gambling, poker included. Indeed, the actual Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve is expected to sign a new decree which would amend the aging gambling law of 1947. Curiously enough, the new law that will trash the 1947-dated one up (along with the July 15, 1947 Ministerial Direction) is apparently representing a certain reinforcement of legal obligations in gambling clubs and the adoption of a regulation that rules casino facilities. Eventually, it may be that the new decree paves the way for casino development in Paris.
After all, all Paris-based gambling clubs will have to renew their operating licenses. Under the new decree, recruitment of the gambling facilities staff and its accounting will be monitored by a special body within the Prefecture. The main objective is to rule out any possible risks of suspicions, like those of ACF that led to its judicial safeguards. Now, Aviation Club de France is seeking a resolution on its license renewal which expired September 30. After the rejection of its request by the Ministry of Interior and its failure facing the Administrative Tribunal, the last but not-the-least hope for the gambling club of Champs Elysees to see its doors reopen and its 213 employees back to work_ is an appeal to the Council of State.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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