Facebook parties getting out of hand

2010-05-15 10:29

French authorities are calling for measures to control

Facebook-organised cocktail parties after the death of a young man who

apparently drank too much.

The mayor of the western city of Nantes where the fatal accident

occurred, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said: “We cannot let something like this just


The 21-year-old man fell off a bridge in the early hours of

Thursday after a giant binge-drinking party that was organised via the social

networking website and attended by an estimated 10?000 people.

He succumbed to his injuries in hospital later on Thursday.

Ayrault told France Info radio the young man had drunk too much

alcohol at the “Facebook aperitif,” as the event is called here.

During and after the party, police in Nantes arrested 41 people on

charges of drug trafficking, public drunkenness and violence.

Ayrault said: “This is a national problem and it must be dealt with

on that level,” adding that he would urge Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux to

organise a round-table discussion on the issue.

“We have to confront this new social phenomenon,” Ayrault


At a previous Facebook aperitif in Nantes in November, dozens of

young people passed out from drinking too much and 38 had to be


The fad is growing more and more popular in France with similar

events having taken place in other cities earlier this year.

Organisers of a

Facebook aperitif near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on May 23 expect at least

50 000 participants.

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