France’s highest administrative court, at the urging of privacy activists, has banned the use of drones by police to monitor public protests in Paris, reports the BBC. According to the activists, the use of drones with cameras goes against individual freedom of expression.
During a traffic stop near the French city of Nancy, a man who was possibly planning to carry out a terrorist attack using a drone was arrested. In addition to a drone with an ignition mechanism on board, explosives were also found in the car of the suspected drone terrorist. Police forces in other countries have been made aware of the threat.
In the French Alps ski resort Val Thorens has announced that it will start using thermal drones to help rescue workers on the alpine ski slopes.
On Saturday, July 18, 2020, 120 firefighters of SDIS 44 quickly intervened and put out the fire in the Nantes cathedral. Some of the firefighters’ drone footage was subsequently shared on YouTube.
Publicly introduced during Summer 2019, the anti-drone team of the French ‘Garde Republicaine’ has generalized a veritable strategy to neutralize air threats above the ‘sensitive sites’. The so-called Protection and Support Section drones (SPAD ) group are now widely communicating on the team and its missions.
The French government plans to buy 651 drones for surveillance purposes, details of which are outlined in a tender worth almost €4M ($4.3M USD). The tender, titled “Drones” was published on April 12th on the official bulletin of public procurement announcements. It comes from the Ministry of the Interior, via the Purchasing, Equipment and Logistics Service for Homeland Security.
A French police officer explains how he uses the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise to fight the Coronavirus in Doubs, France, close to the Swiss border. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise is outfitted with a loudspeaker. This allows the police to fly over certain areas, such as the popular cliffs in Doubs, and look for people who are in violation of the stay-at-home order.