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France – The last of Paris’ old style circle clubs is forced to close

By - 1 October 2018

The last of the old style gaming circles in Paris has shut with the Circle Clichy-Montmartre being closed down by the central service of racing and games (SCCJ) on September 26.

It follows a suspension from the Advisory Committee on Gaming on September 6 and a police raid in July which led to the indictment of six officials for “organised money laundering, concealed work and breach of trust.’

The company behind the venue had a turnover of €15m a year with the SCCJ investigation revealing a further fraudulent activity of at least €10m. Aviation Club de France, Wagram, Concorde and the English club were all closed in February 2017.

Paris currently has four authorised gaming clubs. The first to obtain its authorisation is the Paris Elysées Club, group Tranchant, which opened on April 26, on rue Marbeuf, next to the Champs-Elysees. The Belgian group Ardent, has also obtained its licence to open the Circus Club, which will be installed Boulevard Murat towards the Porte d’Auteuil. The Centaura group Raineau will be installed in the 13th arrondissement and the Barrière Club on the Champs-Elysees.

The Joa Group’s file has not yet been reviewed by the Advisory Board, but the operator has already begun recruiting staff for the future establishment which will be located on rue Royale, between Concorde and Madeleine. The Partouche group is also looking to start operating after finding a venue.

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