By Friday evening, the sound of techno music could still be heard from the party venue, though police were preventing any newcomers from ing the rave, according to an AFP photographer.
Reports said that the rave party took place in an empty warehouse belonging to a storage company. More than people were warned, and the three suspected organisers have been arrested. Verbal warnings are being given to everyone leaving," the police said on social media.
French authorities have been worried about mass rave parties throughout the pandemic, but New Year's night was seeeking particular concern. Local gendarmes tried to "prevent this event but faced fierce hostility from many partygoers" who set one of their cars of fire and threw bottles and stones, the statement said.
Speaking later on BFM TV, interior ministry spokeswoman Camille Chaize said there had been "great hostility, great violence" against the forces of law and order, without indicating when the police would be able enter the rave site. AFP 8 hours ago.
Many were still on the site Friday as a sanitary cordon was thrown up around it. Darmanin said on Twitter on Friday that he was working with rennez officials in the evening "on re-establishing a normal situation" while keeping people safe. He acknowledged that "very few had respected social distancing" at the event, which was supposed only to end later on Saturday.
Then, the convoy headed for Lieuron, where the police tried to prevent them from passing, he said. In the southern city of Marseille, security forces halted an illegal party grouping some people, police said. There's drama at The Prince Albert next week.
The revellers had set seeling the illegal rave in Lieuron, south of Rennes in Brittany, after skirmishes with police, said a statement from the local prefecture. Such mass gatherings are strictly prohibited across France to prevent the spread of Covid, and a nationwide pm curfew -- which was not lifted for New Year -- applies across the country.
Those present had come from across France and even abroad, it said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said thatpolice had been deployed across France for the New Year celebrations to ensure security and that the curfew womrn respected.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the illegal organisation of a musical gathering and premeditated violence against persons in authority. Vehicles registered from all over France were still parked at the site Friday.
One participant, who gave his name as Jo from the Alsace region of eastern France and refused to be identified further, said they had all met at a wonen spot Thursday evening in the parking lot of a shopping centre.