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France – Cruise and ferry casino regulations redefined

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A new decree, published in the Official Gazette, concerning casinos installed on board merchant ships carrying French passengers, comes into force on July 1, 2017. The decree specifies the operating conditions for casinos on board commercial vessels flying the French flag, irrespective of their registration registry and casinos installed on board. Ships operating on a regular intra-community route, such as ferries, may operate up to 15 gaming machines. Ships operating in international waters may operate in addition to traditional table games.

Applications for authorisation to operate games must be addressed to the French Minister of the Interior. The operating agreement between the ship owner and the casino operator is a maximum of 15 years. Finally, the staff must also be approved by the Ministry of the Interior, while the controller station at the entrance to the gaming area can be combined with that of the cashier.

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