France looks to relax poker and casino gaming location laws
By Bob Garcia
More poker in Périgueux, Pessac, and Pointe-à-Pitre? It could happen if a recent report suggesting expanding casino gambling in France comes to fruition.
A report submitted to the French Interior Minister in recent days promotes the option of expanding the list of eligible cities in the European nation that are able to host casinos, ultimately expanding the number of places to play poker in France.
Today, a total of 38 French departments out of 101 do not have a casino or gambling establishment within its borders.
MP Jean-Luc Warsmann sees an advantage, but notes that it won’t be a free-for-all. The Member of Parliament says that relaxing location laws will be proposed for tourist destinations, rather than an across the board relaxation of current zoning laws.
The report suggests that if a municipality is labelled as a tourist city and is part of a community with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants, it should have the opportunity to host and operate a casino.
Today, casino gambling and poker falls under a law established on June 15th, 1907, more than a full century ago. That law initially only permitted seaside resorts or spa towns to host a casino. But the legislation was expanded 81 years later in 1988 to include cities that were at the head of agglomeration of more than 500,000 inhabitants.
Jean-Luc Warsmann and Didier Herbillion, who is the mayor of Sedan in the Ardennes region of France, are hoping that new legislation passes to relax casino gaming, make it more accessible in the country, and allow for other municipalities to reap the benefits.