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France – Mayor of Thonon-les-Bains wants a casino to rival Evian

By - 11 February 2021

The town of Thonon-les-Bains in the Haute-Savoie region in eastern France could have a casino in the coming years, having been home to one between 1901 and 1929.

The new mayor of the town Christophe Arminjon said: “The opening of a casino in Thonon is part of integral part of our development plan to strengthen the attractiveness of the city, in particular in connection with lake transport.”

He said that the former mayor of Evian Marc Francina has previously ‘done a lot to ensure that Thonon does not have a casino’ having long sat on the Commission national consultative body responsible for examining opening requests.

“We must put an end to this era and open up competition, especially as demand is strong on the Swiss side,” Mr. Arminjon added.

Thonon les Bains was classified as a hydromineral and climatic spa back in 1918. Its previous casino, next to the Grand Hôtel du Parc, at the entrance to the thermal park. The previous casino closed in 1929 and has been abandoned ever since, no longer matching criteria for a gambling establishment.

Thonon les Bains is not part of the same community of municipalities as Evian les Bains, whose casino, operated by the Danone group, finished in 20th place in top earning French casinos in 2018/2019 but earned the top place for an independently run casino with gross gaming revenue of €25.8m.

Caption: The Danone-owned casino in Evian

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