French casino giant may go public
French casino operator Groupe Lucien Barrière is considering listing on the stock market.
The group announced that it had filed a registration document with market regulator Autorite des Marches Financiers. The filing said that if the company chooses to pursue a public offering, the listing would go ahead before the end of the year.
International hotel group Accor owns a 49 percent share of the casino operator, which is controlled by the Barrière-Desseigne family, which founded the group.
Barrière operates 36 casinos in France, three in Switzerland and one in Egypt.
Accor is said to be considering the sale of its stake, possibly through an IPO.