Israeli tourist arrested for flying drone over Paris

Police surveillance cameras spotted the aircraft hovering over Notre Dame Cathedral.

October 5, 2014 11:00
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An Israeli tourist spent one night in jail and was fined 400 euros last week for flying a drone over some of Paris' most famous landmarks, AFP reported. 

A police source told AFP that the tourist launched the drone over the famous Notre Dame Cathedral equipped with a Go-Pro camera and sent it to film the historic Hotel Dieu Hospital and a police station. 

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Police surveillance cameras spotted the aircraft, the source said. Police apprehended the Israeli at Notre Dame's church square where he said that he did not know flying a drone in Paris was illegal and he only wanted to film all Parisian monuments "exclusively for private purposes."

After spending the night in jail the man was slapped with a fine for "operating an aircraft non-compliant with safety laws," AFP reported.

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