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France's Most Famous Casino Raided By Police

Tags: money laundering, police, raided, The Aviation Club de France.
Posted on 18 September 2014 by "T".

On Tuesday morning, police raided The Aviation Club de France (ACF), a more than 100-year old casino on one of Paris's finest addresses, and brought 12 persons into custody after allegations of breaches of employment law and money laundering.

Among the people who were taken into custody were several employees and the Director of the Games Committee Marcel Francisci, a figure of the Corsican politics who is close to France's former president Nicholas Sarkozy.

The AFC has about 200 employees and their future is now very uncertain...

"The police were already there at 6:00 this morning (Tuesday) when I arrived," an employee of 10 years told AFP news. "We still have a good fifty customers inside, most of them were Chinese players.

Another employee added, "It's a blow! It's done for us. 200 people will be unemployed tomorrow ... they (the police) came to close the circle. It's not an ordinary control."

The AFC opened its doors as a members-only gambling room in 1907. It became a public gambling room in 1925, and it stared offering poker in 1995. The AFC has hosted many major poker tournaments, including some stops on the World Poker Tour.


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3 comments on "France''s Most Famous Casino Raided By Police"

 doubletop77718/09/2014 09:03:20 GMT
These stories about money laundering in Casino's are becoming quite regular and in any cash business, the temptation to do this sort of thing must be huge. I hope that it stays open and the people keep their jobs
 Heskor19/09/2014 14:44:45 GMT
Yeah it is becoming quite popular if you have illegally obtained money the best way to clean it is through , they should just watch movies and there are lots of other ways to clean money like a legit car business where you clean them and so on. Anyway this will always happens and police have to evolve too as there are new ways of laundering money also hope that this dies down but it will never be so as there are so much bad people in this world. On another note have fun guys at the tables and good luck at the poker tables!
 Fakiry20/09/2014 19:05:41 GMT
The worst will be for those who have been working there for a lifetime and now have their jobs in risk. It shouldn't be easy to pass through that. Nowadays teens and young workers know what professional future reserve for them - uncertainty - so they do the best to be multidisciplinary. But older workers. ..

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