Drone Antics Cost Israeli Tourist a Night in Paris Jail

Police catch tourists flying drone, equipped with GoPro camera, over Notre Dame Cathedral in violation of local law.

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People standing in line outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, August 22, 2014.
People standing in line outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, August 22, 2014.Credit: Reuters

An Israeli tourist in Paris ended up spending a night in jail after flying a drone equipped with a GoPro camera above the Notre Dame Cathedral, AFP reported Friday.

The police also issued him a 400 euro ($500) fine for "operating an aircraft non-compliant with safety laws," AFP quoted a judicial source as saying.

According to a police source, the Israeli, 24, had said he only wanted to film Parisian monuments "exclusively for private purposes." Police surveillance cameras spotted the drone on Wednesday, according to the source, prompting officers to arrest him in front of the cathedral.

The tourist said he was unaware that flying a drone in Paris was illegal, according to the police source.

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