I'm wandering if I can fly my Phantom 4 Pro in Paris. What are the restrictions? If it's not allowed, can I get an official authorization as I'm an experienced drone operator?

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    $\begingroup$ Google? My french is very rusty but it looks like there's plenty of information regarding drone flight in Paris, e.g. here. And there's even a festival. $\endgroup$ – PerlDuck Jan 2 '17 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ Here's a general government guide. I can't answer your question about Paris specifically, but the guide isn't encouraging: no flight is allowed over built-up or sensitive areas (including monuments and parks), or in restricted airspace (which covers most of central Paris). If no one here has any local knowledge, you might look for a local club that could inform you about it. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jan 2 '17 at 17:46
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    $\begingroup$ As Paris is a prohibited airspace at low altitude (P23 up to 6,000 ft), a drone cannot fly within it. The text of the préfecture de police related to drones, and the link to the DGAC instructions. Here is the official map of the restricted areas. You may contact the PP. $\endgroup$ – mins Jan 2 '17 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ @mins thank you for your comment, I'm a bit confused, in the map restricted areas the Seine river seems to be purple and not red, does this mean I can fly my drone over the Seine at 30ft altitude ? thank you again $\endgroup$ – ZEE Jan 2 '17 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ That's not clear to me, as it seems there are two overlapping areas. But P23 also includes water areas. You may directly contact the PP, or as others also mentioned the Férération d'Aéro-Modélisme. That's what I would do (I'm living close to Paris). If you intend to fly for some time, a club will provide an assurance with the license, it may be a good deal and will save you the time to understand the regulation, specially now with Vigipirate active. I think a month ago flying over the Champs-Elysées was possible on a week-end, but that's a temporary exception. $\endgroup$ – mins Jan 2 '17 at 22:30

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