Over 1,000 fines issued after an unlawful New Year’s party in France


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A stop was put to an illegal rave on the french countryside


To show the transportation methods of the police
Police car utilized by French authorities during the shut down of the rave (Rob Russell is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Over the New Year’s weekend, a large number of people gathered in the French countryside to have an organized celebration of the New Year consisting of more than 2,000 people, resulting in police intervention.

The resulting number of people fined due to their attendance at this rave was well over 1,000, and there were also a total of five people arrested. While seemingly excessive on the surface, the presence of Covid-19 is the motive behind the legal action taken by the French authorities. 

Interestingly, a fairly large portion of those in attendance at the illegal rave hailed from the United Kingdom, not France. This aspect of the rave makes it potentially more dangerous than originally thought, as the risk for infection spreading back to the UK is increased. 

As would be expected of such a large crowd gathering in a small area, there was very little respect for social distancing occurring during the rave.