France currently has 197 casinos on its territory. Four major groups share these gaming establishments which participate in the animation and the financing of the municipalities in which they are established and in which more than 18.000 people are salaried. “France-Soir” presents this week 5 casinos de France.
Although France attracts tourists for other reasons than gambling, 197 netent casinos are operating on French territory. If they are mainly distributed on the coast, it is because of the law of 1907 which authorized only the seaside resorts, thermal or climatic to accommodate casinos. Since 1988, the law in force allows tourist agglomerations of more than 500,000 inhabitants to have a casino. The sector is a pool of jobs: more than 18,000 people are employees of these establishments.
These establishments belong to four groups: the Lucien Barrière group, the Partouche group, the Tranchant group and the Joa Groupe.
Rhône: Lyon the ancient
Decorated on the theme of ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh, the casino of Lyon, appears as a temple of the game. The Sphinx, idols, hieroglyphs, frescoes, everything is there to make you travel in time. On the game side, you’ll find, among other things, 259 slot machines, 6 Texas Hold’em Poker tables, in a separate space between machines and traditional games.
Ideally located, the Pharaon is located on the banks of the Rhone next to the Tête d’Or Park which is well worth a detour passing: created by Denis Bühler, landscape architect, at the end of the 19th century, you will find a zoological, botanical part, a lake and a rose garden.
Calvados: Deauville the centenary
The casino Deauville is one of the most famous in France, and for a good reason: this magnificent building was erected in 1912 by Georges Wybo. Inside there is a play area with 365 slot machines and a table games room (black jack, poker, crap’s …), but also an eighteenth-century theatre inspired by the Petit Trianon of Versailles and a cinema digital.
But the city is also famous for its Congress Palace, its racetracks, golf courses and marinas. And also its American Film Festival, every year early September.
Val d’Oise: Enghien-les-Bains the cultural
The only casino in Ile-de-France is also the first in France regarding revenue. Completely renovated in 2005, this building offers a superb view of Enghien Lake and its Swan Island. Inside you will find 500 slot machines and table games with exclusive lounges. You can also enjoy the theatre where artists and comedians perform (in February, Titoff, Marianne Faithfull, Natasha St Pier, Julien Courbet).
But the casino is not the only building to see in Enghien; the city also has a church and castles of the nineteenth century.
Gironde: Bordeaux the maritime
Slightly away from the city centre, the Casino de Bordeaux offers many activities on the fringes of 300 slot machines and table games, such as themed evenings on Saturday evenings, shows (one-man-shows, concerts … ) within the casino theatre. You will also find restaurants that will allow you to discover the specialities of the Southwest.
The opportunity also to go to the lake of Bordeaux near the casino, or to go to enjoy the festival of the Saint Michel district with its exhibitions, concerts and funfair.
Alpes-Maritimes: Cannes the superb
Not surprisingly, the Casino de la Croisette is a place at the height of the famous seaside on which it was built. The entrance is majestic with a giant aquarium in which swim sharks and exotic fish, framed by mermaids, caryatids and other murals. The games on offer are many and varied, poker machines and video rolls as well as English roulettes.
This is, of course, the perfect opportunity to discover the famous Croisette and its hotels and luxury restaurants that host each year the Cannes Film Festival.