France puts new limits on rave parties

Associated Press

PARIS — France’s parliament on Wednesday adopted a measure that will give authorities more control over raves — all-night techno dance parties that sometimes draw hundreds of thousands of young people.

The measure, which requires rave organizers to give local authorities advance notice of parties, was part of a broad package on security passed in the National Assembly.

Deaths during rave parties in France — including several drug overdoses — have fueled a political battle.

In April, conservative lawmaker Thierry Mariani introduced a bill requiring organizers to give notice to authorities. Many ravers protested, saying spontaneity is an essential element.

Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin was unable to convince the leftist majority in the National Assembly to back the bill, which died in July.

The debate was revived when conservative President Jacques Chirac discussed raves during his traditional July 14 televised interview.

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