First, the story from TheLocal.fr:
A French teenager was flying high after an aerial video he shot of his hometown using a small drone went wild on social media. But he’s since been brought back down to earth. In a landmark case prosecutors charged him with “endangering people’s lives.”
“Nancy seen from the air” (Nancy vu du ciel) a stunning short film put together by 18-year-old Nans Thomas quickly racked up some 400,000 views in a matter of days after it was posted on the online video sharing site Vimeo.
The beautiful images of spires, churches and plazas of the historic north-eastern French town were captured in a unique way by attaching a go-pro camera to a drone.
At one point the video was reportedly even hosted on the social interactive site of the regional council of Lorraine.
But unfortunately for the teenager the success also caught the eye of French civil aviation authorities, who ordered an investigation, TF1 TV reported. It turns out the teenager violated two key provisions of the law according to Nancy’s top prosecutor Thomas Pison.
His two violations? Lacking formal pilot-level training and failing to secure a permit for his flights.
And the video, from Blasky:
Nancy vu du ciel