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Street closed after 14th birthday party goes viral

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A 14-year-old boy has 50,000 guests signed up to attend his birthday party near the central town of Clermont-Ferrand after his event page went viral on Facebook.

"I’m going to lock up the house. There’ll be no party," the father of a 14-year-old Benjamin said after news of the party started to spread.

"My son is not organising a party, I want that to be perfectly clear."

Benjamin wanted to organise a party with a few friends at his grandmother’s home in the village of Chamalières near Clermont-Ferrand to celebrate his birthday, French public radio France Info reports. One of his friends organised a secret event on facebook, which allows guests to invite up to sixty other facebook friends. 

The secret event however went viral and facebook users started relaying the invitation until 50,000 had signed up to attend Benjamin’s party on May 11th. 

Benjamin’s father has cancelled the party and lodged a complaint for impersonation.

The police have taken the Facebook invitation seriously and say they are considering blocking the street where Benjamin’s grandmother lives. They are also considering deploying a police unit on the evening of the cancelled party. 

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