French Police Barred From Drone Use in Protests

Protests broke out as police was allowed to use and record citizens' footage.
Deniz Yildiran

France's top administrative court has banned police from using drones to monitor protestors in Paris on Sunday. Serving many different purposes from checking for uranium in Chernobyl reactors to shooting darts into trees for data, the intended use of drones by the police didn't seem to be improved by many Parisians. 

The advocacy group defending digital rights called La Quadrature du Net (LQDN) opposed parliament's security bill that allows police to use drones, recording footage of protestors, POLITICO reports.


"The [Paris] police prefect is requested to cease, with immediate effect, carrying out surveillance measures by drones of public gatherings of people," reads the decision declared by the Council of State.

"This decision of the Council of State is a double slap in the face for the government: Not only are drones banned, but the government has lost all of its legitimacy on the legal front for wanting to authorize them in the law," LQDN indicated in a statement.

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Two articles stirred the pot

As mentioned under the security bill's article 22, police and security forces would be allowed to deliver footage recorded by drone or helicopter, if demanded by command teams. Also, they would keep the images for more than 30 days in case a police inquiry takes place, per BBC.

Things heated up even more as article 24 come to the surface, which deems publishing images of police on duty a criminal offense. 

On top of that, images of three police driving a black music producer, Michel Zecler, into a corner and physically injuring him had been released, showing the way to prove police violence when needed. 

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