Paris aflutter with Drone Festival

The city is hosting its first Drone Festival on Sunday, including an international race along the Champs-Elysee.

Drones raced through central Paris, as the French capital hosted its first Drone Festival.

Drones of varying shapes and sizes are zipping along the avenue, lined with trees and luxury stores, in a circuit that stops just shy of the Arc de Triomphe.

While drones are increasingly used by French security services, civilians are forbidden from flying them over Paris without special permission.

A drone holds a box during an exhibition flight in Paris.
A drone holds a box during an exhibition flight in Paris. Photo: AP

Paris City Hall authorised them for Sunday’s event, aimed at introducing the public to France’s civilian drone industry.

France saw a spate of mysterious drone flyovers last year over sensitive sites that worried the authorities.

Drones cross the start and finish line during a race in Paris.

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