In response to numerous reports of illegal raves, the French government recently announced that COVID-19 curfews will now go into effect two hours earlier (from 8 PM to 6 PM local time).
Taking a pinpointed approach, these restrictions will take place in the 15 most-affected areas, including Hautes-Alpes, les Alpes-Maritimes, les Ardennes, le Doubs, le Jura, la Marne, la Haute-Marne, la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse, la Haute-Saône, les Vosges, le Territoire de Belfort, la Moselle, and la Nièvre et la Saône-et-Loire.
“The virus is continuing to spread in France… but with a disparity between regions,” Spokesman Gabriel Attal announced. “If the situation were to deteriorate further in certain areas, we will take the necessary decisions.” He further noted that theaters, cinemas, and concert halls will not reopen January 7th as planned.
Raves continue to be a problem for law enforcement as the underground events continually take place, especially during the holidays with Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stating that 132,000 police will patrol France throughout the New Year to help ensure security and enforce curfew.
To show the strength of the anti-lockdown coalition, police were unable to break up a 2,500 New Years celebration in the northwestern French region of Brittany. In Marseille, another 300-person illegal party of was successfully broken up by police with three suspected organizers arrested and 150+ people got off with warnings.