In Lieuron, during a New Year’s dream party. – AFP
Incredible but true. This Friday evening the rave continued south of Rennes. Some 2,500 people, from all over France and even from abroad, met to celebrate the New Year during a wild party that the authorities could not prevent.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin convened Friday evening in Beauvau a meeting on the rave with the prefect and members of the cabinet. “I am working with them this night to restore a normal situation while allowing the maximum physical integrity of all,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
A “gathering of Zadists” according to the deputy of Ille-et-#Vilaine
This Friday around 8:30 p.m., on site, the party continued to the sound of techno music, while gendarmes, posted at the surrounding roundabouts, prevented new participants from going to the rave, noted an AFP photographer present on site. “#The gendarmerie checks around the site are continuing. Systematic verbalization of all people leaving the premises, more than 200 PV already recorded ”, indicated the gendarmerie on social networks.
The deputy of Ille-et-#Vilaine Florian Bachelier (LREM) estimated on his Twitter account that “this gathering of Zadistas” shamed “our country, our caregivers mobilized for months, our dead. May the judicial authority make them understand quickly and radically the meaning of the word responsibility. The state must restore public order immediately ”.
The gendarmes taken to task
The gendarmes tried Thursday evening “to prevent this installation and faced the violent hostility of many chirkers”, explains the prefecture of Ille-et-#Vilaine in a press release. During these clashes “a gendarmerie vehicle was set on fire, three other degraded persons and the soldiers wiped bottles and stones, causing slight injuries”, the same source specifies.
Isabelle, a local resident in her sixties who lives in the few houses near the hangars, “disused for a few months”, explains that the arrival of the revelers Thursday evening was “spectacular” but “it is a little shocking ”.
An open investigation
In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, “we try to do the right thing and when we see what is in front… where is the respect? She asks. According to the prefecture, the number of “chirps” is estimated Friday morning at 2,500 “from different departments and abroad”.
Rescuers are on site to distribute gel and masks “in order to limit the risk of the virus spreading within the gathering” which was banned by prefectural decree.
The prefecture specifies that the prosecution has opened an investigation for “unlawful organization of a festive gathering of a musical nature”, “willful violence on persons holding public authority”, “degradation of the property of others in a meeting” or ” covert work ”,“ unlawful keeping of a drinking establishment ”and“ infringements of the legislation on narcotics and in particular the facilitation of use ”.