Police intervened on Friday night at a rented property in Joinville-le-Pont, in the department of Val-de-Marne, about 9 kilometers from Paris, after being alerted by neighbors who reported a noisy party. When the police team arrived, a fight broke out between the guests.
The organizer of the illegal party and the owner were detained, reports AFP. Law enforcement used special grenades to disperse recalcitrant partygoers who threw bottles. A man injured and transported to the hospital was tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Authorities told all participants to test themselves as soon as possible and to isolate themselves. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into police violence.
The incident was reported by Le Parisien, who wrote that it was a rented property with a sauna, swimming pool and even a dance floor. The party had been announced on social media.
A smaller clandestine party caught the attention of the French press last week by the fact that the participants were about twenty residents. Police intervened last week at a hospital in southwestern France where a party of medical workers was being held.
After unsuccessfully trying local quarantines, France decided in favor of a new nationwide lockdown set for a month, until December 1.
The population needs a written justification for leaving home. Schools remained open. However, hospitals are being pushed to the limit, as the number of hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients is increasing. At the same time, the number of people dying from COVID-19 is increasing. France has seen more than 44,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, approaching Italy, one of the worst affected in the spring.
An opinion poll conducted among the French after the introduction of the second lockdown revealed that 60% of them violated at least one preventive measure imposed by the government – 27% more than in the first lockdown.
The director of political analysis at the polling institute attributes this fact to “the seasonal effect: seasonal depressions appear especially in November, a period in which the day decreases and social relations shrink.”