Israeli tourist jailed, fined for flying drone in Paris


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli tourist was arrested and jailed for flying a drone over Paris landmarks.

The man, 24, was arrested Oct. 1 in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, where the drone, equipped with a professional mounted camera, was flying, the French news agency AFP reported. The drone also had flown over the historic Hotel Dieu hospital and a police station.

After spending the night in jail, he was levied a nearly $650 fine for “operating an aircraft non-compliant with safety laws.”

The tourist told police he did not know it was illegal to fly drones in France and that he was filming Paris landmarks for personal use only.



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