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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Paris Police Raid Aviation Club de France

Aviation Club de France
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One of Europe's most famous gambling clubs was the scene of a police raid where about 12 people were taken into custody at Paris' Aviation Club de France (ACF). The Races and Games Division (SCCJ) of the French National Judicial Police (DCPJ) was acting upon an order received from Claire Thépaut and Serge Tournaire, judges at the Grand Instance Court in Paris by starting the raid in the early hours on Tuesday.

Reports have surfaced that irregularities in hiring some of the personnel and the possibility of money-laundering may be at the root of the accusations against the ACF. tried to discuss the details of the raid with the Judicial Police but they refused to comment.

From Le Point, the police took into custody several employees of the room as well as the ACF Director of the Games Committee Marcel Francisci, who is also an important Corsican political figure close to France's former President Nicholas Sarkozy and Vice President of the South Corse General Council.

"Police were there by 6 a.m., when there were about fifty people still inside the ACF rooms," an employee of the room told AFP. "Most of them were Chinese players, who also happen to be surveyed by the financial police."

"It's a blow," said another employee. "It's done for us! That's 200 people out of work tomorrow ... [the police] came to close the circle not for a simple control."

Back in 1907 the ACF opened gambling to members-only and later in 1925 it opened to the general public. Poker players from around the globe found a home when the doors opened to a newly added poker room in 1995. Many international events, including World Poker Tour events, have been hosted there.

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