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France – Marseille rules out casino development at Villa Mediterranean

By - 3 November 2016

Marseille’s search for somewhere to house a casino is continuing after its Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin conceded that his proposal for a gaming floor at Villa Mediterranean didn’t offer enough space.

Unlike many neighbouring towns such as Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat or Cassis, Marseille does not yet have a casino. The mayor wanted to bring gaming to La Villa Mediterranean, a futuristic building with a huge cantilever roof jutting out over the water. It was well served being surrounded by museums, conference facilities and exhibition space but simply didn’t offer enough space for a viable casino operation.

The Mayor said: “I want to implement a casino worthy of the second city of France in Marseille. Villa Mediterranean, however, seems too small to accommodate a facility that meets our ambitions. I have asked the city services to search and determine, at their earliest convenience, in conjunction with Euroméditerranée, somewhere with a minimum space of 5,000 m2 where a facility can be built that will help increase the attractiveness of our city and to develop its economy.”

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