No fireworks or gathering on the Champs-#Elysées or the Canebière this year, no New Year’s Eve at the restaurant, the French asked to stay at home … The transition to the year 2021 will be special. More than 100,000 national, municipal and gendarmes police officers will be mobilized that evening. In the viewfinder of the police: clandestine parties and urban violence. But in which case could the police or the gendarmerie issue a ticket? What to expect on New Year’s Day this year? franceinfo takes stock.
On New Year’s Eve, can we come home from a party before 6 a.m.?
No. Because unlike Christmas Eve, there are no exceptions. You will have to respect the curfew at 8 p.m., unless you have a valid reason and an exit certificate. On the evening of the 31st, the control system will be reinforced and there will be no instructions for indulgence, warned the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin. In a note addressed Tuesday, December 29 to the prefects and that franceinfo was able to consult, the Minister of the Interior asks to put in place visible controls as soon as the curfew enters. He asks to concentrate the action of the police in city centers and sensitive neighborhoods with orders prohibiting the sale of fuel and alcohol, appropriate identity checks, vehicle searches. It should also be noted that any gathering on public roads is prohibited. The minister also mentions the possibility of closing public transport in the evening from 8 p.m.
Is it possible to invite people to my home?
The answer is yes. Even if the government recommends limiting meetings to six people, not counting children, it is impossible to prohibit these gatherings in a dwelling place, this is what the Constitutional Council recalled. The executive therefore counts “on the responsibility of each one” thus evoking respect for barrier gestures, social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Can the police intervene for a private party?
Yes, the police can come to your home if they are called by neighbors or on denunciation for noise at night. The flat-rate fine for noise at night is 68 euros. The instruction given to the prefects is to intervene as soon as possible as soon as a clandestine party is reported. In this case, they can embark the owner for endangering the lives of others, which is what happened last weekend, on the night of Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 December. Your guests can be sanctioned up to 135 euros on the basis of the decree of October 29, 2020 which says that the physical distance of at least one meter between two people must be observed in all places and in all circumstances.