France tightened curfew on COVID-19 as police failed to shut unlawful rave for two,500 individuals

France is tightening its coronavirus (COVID-19) curfew as reports of illegal raves persist.

The French government announced today that the curfew has been brought forward by two hours in the 15 hardest hit areas from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.

The affected areas include the Hautes-Alpes, the Alpes-Maritimes, the Ardennes, the Doubs, the Jura, the Marne, the Haute-Marne, the Meurthe-et-Mosel, the Maas, the Haute-Saône, the Vosges and the Territoire de Belfort, la Moselle and la Nièvre et la Saône-et-Loire.

"The virus continues to spread in France … but with different regions," announced spokesman Gabriel Attal. Should the situation deteriorate further in certain areas, we will make the necessary decisions. "

Attal also confirmed that theaters, cinemas and concert halls will not reopen as planned on January 7th.

Meanwhile, underground raves have caused great concern, especially during the holidays. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 132,000 police officers patrolled France in the New Year to ensure security and enforce the curfew.

Police were unable to end a New Year's celebration in the northwestern French region of Brittany with 2,500 attendees. An investigation into the event is currently underway.

In Marseille another illegal party of 300 people was successfully disbanded by the police. Three suspected organizers were arrested and over 150 people got out with warnings.

Sources: The Straits Times, Euronews

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