The #French interior minister said a judicial inquiry had been opened to identify and prosecute the organizers of an underground party that drew at least 2,500 people to western #France despite a curfew in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gérald #Darmanin tweeted that the actions of the police around the site of #Lieuron, in #Brittany, “led to the end of the illegal party without violence” on #Saturday morning, some 36 hours after its start.
#He said more than 1,200 people have been fined for breaking curfews, wearing masks and illegally participating in a rally. #Sound equipment and generators were confiscated, he added.
#Ravers from #France and abroad converged on a hangar in #Lieuron on #Thursday evening to celebrate in the #New #Year.
#Officials said ravers attacked police on the first night, setting a police vehicle on fire and injuring officers with bursts of bottles and stones.
The party took place despite #France’s national nighttime curfew aimed at deterring people from congregating amid the pandemic.
#France has reported more than 64,000 deaths linked to the virus.