Casino closure angers owners
PARIS — Habitues of the Carlton casino in Cannes, including many film fest and Mip TV marketgoers, will have to find other ways of frittering away their francs after its closure by angry owners last week.
The Partouche Group, which rents the top floors of the Carlton for a hefty 8 million francs ($1 million) a year, had been planning to move the casino to the cheaper Palm Beach. But the group, whose lease ran out Sunday, failed to get last-minute approval for the switch from the Ministry of the Interior.
Managing director Patrick Partouche, whose group owns 25 casinos and 17 hotels in France, told Daily Variety he was disgusted by the ministry’s decision and intends to lodge a legal appeal.