It started off with a simple invitation on Facebook. Two young men Allan Brooks and Alexandre Fleury planned to throw a massive party in the Var region, Le Figaro reports.
"There's no limit. Come with alcohol. Premises can welcome 1,200 people," they announced online. Brooks and Fleury were inspired by the US film Project X, which tells the story of three teenagers who throw the biggest party ever.
The two men chose an unoccupied house in the village Roquebrune-sur-Argens to host their party on May 19.
But they quickly lost control: 600 youths turned up for the event and smashed up the villa, breaking windows, throwing furniture and ripping out the toilets. Some had travelled from as far as Marseille, Lyon and even Paris to take part in the event.
“It was horrible, incredible, they smashed everything,” says Hanneke Sprong, the owner of the house in an interview with Le Figaro. The damage is estimated at €80,000.
On Monday, a court condemned the two youths to serve six months in jail and pay a €20,000-fine.