(4 Sep 2016) Drones were raced through central Paris on Sunday, as the French capital hosted its first Drone Festival.
Drones of varying shapes and sizes zipped along the Champs-Elysees avenue, lined with trees and luxury stores, in a circuit that stopped 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.
Paris City Hall authorized them for Sunday’s event, aimed at introducing the public to civilian and commercial uses for drones.
Luke Bannister, only 16-years-old, is already one of the worlds’ best drone racers: “It doesn’t matter what age, as long as you have the dexterity to control the drone, anyone can do it,” he said.
France saw a spate of mysterious drone flyovers last year over sensitive sites that worried authorities.