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Brits defy rules of Covid to party at a 2,500-strong rave in France


The British defied Covid's rules to party at a 2,500-strong underground rave in France where night owls attacked police to shut it down.

The partygoers had held the illegal rave in Lieuron, Brittany, on New Year's Eve after skirmishes with officers, a statement from the local prefecture said.

Many people were still at the construction site on Friday when a plumbing cord was thrown around them.

Local gendarmes tried "to prevent this event, but were severely attacked by many party guests" who set one of their cars on fire and threw bottles and stones.

The party-goers had held the illegal rave in Lieuron, Brittany, after skirmishes with officers on New Year's Eve, a statement from the local prefecture said

Many people were still at the construction site on Friday when a plumbing cord was thrown around them

Many people were still at the construction site on Friday when a plumbing cord was thrown around them

Local gendarmes tried "to prevent this event, but were severely attacked by many party guests" who set one of their cars on fire and threw bottles and stones

Local gendarmes tried "to prevent this event, but were severely attacked by many party guests" who set one of their cars on fire and threw bottles and stones

Those present came from all over France and even from abroad, it said. Pictured: The party on New Year's Eve

Those present came from all over France and even from abroad, it said. Pictured: The party on New Year's Eve

Techno music could still be heard from the party venue on Friday night, although police prevented newcomers from joining the rave

Techno music could still be heard from the party venue on Friday night, although police prevented newcomers from joining the rave

Those present came from all over France and even from abroad, it said.

Techno music could still be heard from the party venue on Friday night, although police prevented newcomers from joining the rave.

The police said, “There are police checks on the premises. Verbal warnings are given to everyone who leaves. & # 39;

Later on on BFM television, Interior Ministry spokesman Camille Chaize said there had been "great hostility, great violence" against the forces of law and order, without indicating when the police could enter the rave site.

Such mass gatherings are banned across France to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and there is a nationwide curfew at 8 p.m. across the country.

The police said, “There are police checks on the premises. Oral warnings are given to all who leave. & # 39;

The police said, “There are police checks on the premises. Oral warnings are given to all who leave. & # 39;

Later on on BFM television, Interior Ministry spokesman Camille Chaize said there had been "great hostility, great violence" against the forces of law and order, without indicating when the police could enter the rave site

Later on on BFM television, Interior Ministry spokesman Camille Chaize said there had been "great hostility, great violence" against the forces of law and order, without indicating when the police could enter the rave site

Such mass gatherings are banned across France to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and there is a nationwide curfew at 8 p.m. across the country

Such mass gatherings are banned across France to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and there is a nationwide curfew at 8 p.m. across the country

The rave party reportedly took place in an empty warehouse owned by a storage company

The rave party reportedly took place in an empty warehouse owned by a storage company

The prosecution has opened an investigation into the illegal organization of a musical gathering and the willful violence against persons in authority

The prosecution has opened an investigation into the illegal organization of a musical gathering and the willful violence against persons in authority

The rave party reportedly took place in an empty warehouse owned by a storage company.

The prosecution has opened an investigation into the illegal organization of a musical gathering and the willful violence against persons in authority.

Vehicles from all over France were still parked on the site on Friday.

Party-goers said the night owls included people from abroad, including Spain and the UK.

Jo, from Alsace in eastern France, said they all met in a designated location in the parking lot of a shopping mall on Thursday evening.

More than 150 people were warned and the three suspected organizers were arrested

More than 150 people were warned and the three suspected organizers were arrested

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said 132,000 police officers across France were deployed to the New Year celebrations to ensure security and respect the curfew. Pictured: The Lieuron Party

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said 132,000 police officers across France were deployed to the New Year celebrations to ensure security and respect the curfew. Pictured: The Lieuron Party

Party-goers said the night owls included people from abroad, including Spain and the UK

Party-goers said the night owls included people from abroad, including Spain and the UK

Jo, from Alsace in eastern France, said they all met in a designated location in the parking lot of a shopping mall on Thursday evening. Pictured: people leaving the party

Jo, from Alsace in eastern France, said they all met in a designated location in the parking lot of a shopping mall on Thursday evening. Pictured: people leaving the party

Then the convoy drove to Lieuron, where the police tried to prevent them from passing, he said

Then the convoy drove to Lieuron, where the police tried to prevent them from passing, he said

Then the convoy drove to Lieuron, where the police tried to prevent them from passing, he said.

He admitted that "very few had respected social distancing" at the event, which was not due to end until later on Saturday.

French authorities were concerned about mass rave parties throughout the pandemic, but New Years Eve was a particular concern.

In the southern city of Marseille, security forces stopped an illegal party with around 300 people, the police said.

More than 150 people were warned and the three suspected organizers were arrested.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said 132,000 police officers across France were deployed to the New Year celebrations to ensure security and respect the curfew.

Darmanin said on Twitter Friday that he was working with local officials in the evenings to "restore the situation to normal" while keeping people safe.