Saga of an ex-French minister and casino firm family shares

By Antton Rouget

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Former interior minister Michèle Alliot-Marie introduced a series of measures favourable to the casino industry at the same time as she and her family were buying shares in casino firms, according to documents seen by Mediapart. The shares were bought by associations controlled by Alliot-Marie's family after she became head of the Ministry of the Interior – which is responsible for the gambling industry in France – under the conservative government of President Nicolas Sarkozy in May 2007.