Jan. 2 (UPI) — French authorities arrested 5 folks and issued about 1,200 fines after discovering an unlawful New Yr’s rave within the French countryside.

Greater than 2,500 folks defied the federal government’s coronavirus restrictions and nationwide curfew to attend the occasion in Brittany.

The rave began Thursday however ended Saturday, and authorities have seized vans, sound methods and mills and police are investigating totally “in order that this unlawful occasion is harshly sanctioned,” based on French inside minister Gerald Darmanin.

About two-thirds of the fines issued have been associated to COVID-19 restrictions and 400 to drug offenses, police stated.

Native police tried to close the occasion down Thursday, however confronted “violent hostility” from partygoers, who had deliberate to remain till Tuesday.

Police stated various the partygoers have been from Britain and Spain.

France instituted a nationwide curfew from eight p.m. to six a.m. in mid-December.