Thieves armed with guns and machetes rob French casino

TOULOUSE, France (AFP) - Three assailants armed with shotguns and machetes held up a casino in the resort village of Castera-Verduzan in south-west France, escaping with around €12,000 (S$18,000), local police said Sunday.

The masked trio entered the casino overnight Saturday with around 15 gamblers and six employees present, police sources and local media said.

The robbers were said to have identified the cashier and took possession of the till before fleeing aboard a high-powered car without firing a shot.

Police forces in the nearby cities of Auch and Toulouse heading the investigation were still hunting for the perpetrators Sunday evening.

Diminutive Castera-Verduzan is a thermal springs resort around 60km north-west of Toulouse, with a casino that features 60 slot machines and two Black Jack tables.