Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Night in cells and £310 fine for Paris tourist who buzzed Notre Dame cathedral with his drone



A police source told Agence France-Presse that the man launched the drone, equipped with a GoPro camera, above the famous Gothic church on Wednesday morning and sent it hovering over the historic Hotel-Dieu hospital and a police station.

Police located the man after they spotted the drone on a surveillance camera.

When officers arrived at the church square, the tourist told them he was not aware flying a drone in Paris is illegal and he was filming the locations for ‘private purposes’.

He’s the latest tourist to be grounded by France’s tough laws around the devices, which are becoming more common among tourists and professional and amateur videographers.

In February, police arrested a member of the French Foreign Legion for using his drone around the Eiffel Tower. That same month, police in Nancy charged a teenager who used his drone to film historic sites.

Tourists in the US have also landed themselves in trouble for using drones to capture video of amazing landscapes.

Donald Criswell of Molalla, Oregon, was fined £625 on Thursday for violating a ban on unmanned aircraft in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

His drone buzzed bison and startled tourists gathered at a popular geyser basin, according to a park spokesman.

It was the third prosecution in as many weeks of visitors who used the devices despite signs warning of the prohibition.

A Dutch tourist last month pleaded guilty to the violation and was ordered to pay penalties of more than £1,800 for crashing a drone into Yellowstone’s largest and arguably most famous hot spring in August.

Also last month, a visitor from Germany was banned from the park for a year and sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation after admitting to flying a drone in July that crashed into Yellowstone Lake.

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