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France – Casino de Saint-Nectaire becomes first French fatality of coronavirus pandemic

By - 23 December 2020

The Casino de Saint-Nectaire, owned SAS Casino de Saint-Nectaire and located in town of Puy de Dôme in central France, has been put into liquidation by the Clermont-Ferrand commercial court, becoming the first collateral victim of the coronavirus epidemic in France.

The independently-owned casino had been in receivership since November 22, 2019 but the two periods of closure to fight against Covid-19, dealt it a fatal blow. About 15 employees have been left unemployed. It tried twice to sell without success. Only one buyer had come forward, the local company NéoFélis Jeux, whose project was deemed “‘too weak’ by the commercial court.

The municipality, owner of the premises, intends to relaunch a concession notice next January. According to the mayor, Alphonse Bellonte, five casino operators are interested in this new call for tenders. The municipality, between the rent and the municipal levy, received 95,000 euros per year.

Saint-Nectaire has about 750 inhabitants. It is known for its eponymous cheese and for its thermo-spa. Saint Nectaire is 36 km (43 minutes) from Clermont-Ferrand. Its closest competitor is the Casino du Mont Dore, 22 km (31 minutes) away.

In the 2017-2018 financial year, gross gaming revenue amounted to just over €1m with a turnover of €840,895.

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