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France cracks down on Facebook gatherings after reveller dies

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Enjoying an aperitif with friends is almost mandatory in France. But just how many friends? The latest craze is to get together with hundreds of strangers in an open space. And it's no longer a case of one pre-dinner drink. Prearranged by anonymous organisers on social networking sites, particularly Facebook, the booze-fuelled events have become increasingly popular in the traditionally refined state. That is, until somebody died at one of them on Wednesday. Read more...

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Drinkers in Nantes, 12 May 2010. Photo posted on Flickr by "viewti-vlad".

Enjoying an aperitif with friends is almost mandatory in France. But just how many friends? The latest craze is to get together with hundreds of strangers in an open space. And it's no longer a case of one pre-dinner drink. Prearranged by anonymous organisers on social networking sites, particularly Facebook, the booze-fuelled events are becoming increasingly popular in traditionally refined France. That is, until a young reveller died at one on Wednesday.

In the north-western city of Nantes on Wednesday evening, some 9,000 people gathered in the main square after having been invited on Facebook to an "apéro géant", or "massive aperitif". Late into the evening, a 21-year-old man fell off a bridge and landed on his head. He died of his injuries the next day.

The incident has increased the concerns of police and local authorities, who are unable to restrict something that is, for the time being, perfectly legal. Their biggest gripe is that with no apparent organiser, the authorities are unable to hold anyone accountable for any accidents or to pay for the clean up.

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