There may be a model of one in Las Vegas and soon to be in Macau, but today, there are no casinos in Paris. According to French law, casinos cannot be built within 100 kilometers of the capital city. That all may change, according to an unnamed lawmaker who spoke to Le Parisien.
The lawmaker, described as a member of the opposition to the Council of Paris, said the government is aware that casinos may be a feasible way to generate new tax revenues without undue negative consequences.
“If we are pragmatic, we must take two factors into account: first, that the casinos are located in nearly 200 towns in France and all goes well; then, that such a perspective represents substantial tax revenues not only for the state, but also for Paris.”
Since 2007, 13 so-called “cercles de jeu” or private gambling clubs in Paris have been shut down. Some of the private clubs are legal; those raided by French police were targeted for alleged money laundering and reported links to organized crime, among other offenses.