About 1,500 people gathered yesterday to party and have fun on a racecourse in the town of Redon in the Bretonnian region in the north-west of the country.
Local administrators said there had been “very violent clashes” lasting seven hours between police and supporters who were sent there to disperse the party.
Five police officers were also injured in the clashes. The supporters and the police blamed each other for the violence. The event was planned via social media and was banned by the local government.
Local administrator Emmanuel Berthier said those who joined the party aimed to defy the rules and law enforcement; He said he attacked the police with Molotov cocktails, iron balls and concrete blocks.
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Party organizers, meanwhile, said the police had fired tear gas instead of negotiating with them. “They rained tear gas and sound bombs on an audience who just wanted to have fun,” an organizer told AFP.
Rennes city prosecutors said a 22-year-old man lost his hand in the violence, and an investigation has been opened to find out how it happened.
Police said five people had been taken into custody. The party was held in memory of Steve Maia Caniço, 24, who drowned in the Loire in 2019 after a police raid during a concert at a music festival in the city of Nantes.
It took more than a month for Caniço’s body to be found, with Nantes city prosecutors saying the police response was disproportionate.