France Takes Aim at Giant Facebook-Planned Drink-ups

Following the death of a 21-year-old reveller at a mass, open air party organized via Facebook last week in Nantes, French officials are exploring ways to put an end to the “cocktail parties.” Most of the parties planned for the weekend fizzled out.It was to have been a weekend of excess. In recent weeks, a number of cities in France have played unwilling host to oversized, outdoor “cocktail parties” organized via Facebook. In March, 4,000 people toasted each other in Rennes. In April, it was Brest’s turn, where 7,000 revellers gathered for a massive drink up. Last week, 10,000 partygoers came together in Montpellier for a bit of imbibing.,1518,695225,00.html

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