Seven hours of clashes between French police and partygoers end with several injured

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Fierce clashes broke out between partygoers and police trying to break up an illegal rave in north-western France, resulting in several injuries, including a man who lost a hand, news wires reported. Local authorities said on Saturday that the violence erupted after about 1,500 people defied coronavirus restrictions to hold an outdoor rave Friday night in the small town of Redon, in Brittany.

Around 400 police officers responded to the scene. The situation soon deteriorated, with people throwing Molotov cocktails, boule balls and rocks at the security forces, local prefect Emmanuel Berthier said, cited by dpa.

The clashes lasted more than seven hours. Several people were injured, including five gendarmes and a young man who lost one of his hands, Berthier said.

Five people were taken into custody, news agency AFP reported, citing the prosecution in Rennes.

According to Berthier, the situation had calmed by Saturday morning. The prosecutor's office has initiated investigations.

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