top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

France Covid: Investigation opens into 200-guest wedding

The event was held on private property in Maine-et-Loire last week, despite Covid restrictions. A 100-person party near Tours is also being investigated

Police are investigating a wedding with an alleged 150–200 attendees that took place in the commune of Verrières-en-Anjou on Wednesday, December 16.

The event began at 16:00 on private property, with around 100 vehicles parked near the site. Marquees and sound systems had also been set up.

Some guests were still present at 05:30 the following morning. Police reported that 109 infractions have been recorded in relation to the wedding, including violation of curfew rules which came into effect on December 15. These rules prohibit people in France from going outside from 20:00–06:00, except for essential reasons.

While breaking curfew is punishable by a fine, prosecutor Éric Bouillard told news source AFP that the organisers of the event could be charged with the crime of “endangering the lives of others”.

Attendees at the wedding were from the traveller community.


Party organisers on trial in Tours

This comes as the organisers of a secret party in the commune of Montlouis-sur-Loire are to stand trial in Tours tomorrow.

The secret party was attended by 100–150 people invited via social media platforms Snapchat and Instagram, with entry at €10 for women and €30 for men.

The DJ, aged 23, and the person who provided the indoor space, aged 24, have since been taken into custody. 

Prosecutor Grégoire Dulin told news source HuffPost they could face “in theory, one year in prison for endangering others, three years in prison for undeclared work, and a fine of €750 for organising an event in a public place during the health crisis”.

The DJ also risks having his equipment confiscated.

Related stories

Police break up secret party network in Paris

France Covid-19: ‘Extreme caution needed for 3-6 months’

Worrying rise in Covid cases in France, says health director

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Visa and residency cards for France*
Featured Help Guide
- Visas and residency cards (cartes de séjour) for France help guide - Understand when visas and residency cards are required to move to France or come for an extended stay - Applies to Britons (post-Brexit) and to all other non-EU/non-EEA/Swiss nationalities - Useful to anyone considering a move to France, whether for work or otherwise, or wanting to spend more than three months at their French second home
Get news, views and information from France