Highlights of Paris

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Paris d'or

BeemFlights

Top contributor BeemFlights created this magnificent drone video of Paris, the great French capital.  The video alternates between the two most iconic sites in the City of Light: the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris, otherwise known as Notre Dame Cathedral.  The latter, which is one of the world's most well known churches, caught fire on April 15, 2019 and was badly damaged.  Located on the Île de la Cité in the River Seine, the 13th century Gothic landmark is one of France's greatest cultural treasures.  

The Eiffel Tower

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Drone Paris - Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks.  The great lattice tower built as the entrance for the 1889 World's Fair stands 324 meters above the Champ de Mars, and is the most-visited monument in the world.  Who better to film France's most iconic site by drone than one of France's top drone piloting companies and AirVuz contributor Freeway Prod?  Using a DJI Inspire drone, they captured this spectacular aerial footage in the course of a project they did for French TV.  

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Drone Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Here's a stunning aerial tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, created by top AirVuz contributor Freeway Prod.  The footage was captured shortly before the landmark was badly damaged in a fire which broke out on April 15, 2019.  The fire, which occurred while the church was undergoing renovation, destroyed its main spire.  Considered one of the world's 2-3 most famous churches and immortalized in Victor Hugo's 1831 classic the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Notre-Dame de Paris (as it's formally called) is currently being restored.  

Authie Bay

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The Seals of Authie Bay, France

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Top contributor and pilot Amaury Descours created this beautiful drone video from an idyllic spot on France's North Atlantic coastline.  Authie Bay is created at the mouth of the river of the same name, which empties into the English Channel in the Somme department of the country's Hauts-de-France region.  As you'll see in the video, Authie Bay has become a giant seal sanctuary.  The bay is just a few km north of the Somme Bay, where the famous Knights of Normandy gathered for their invasion of England in 1066.  

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg by drone

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The French region of Alsace is an area of strong historical strategic importance due to its location on the west bank of the Rhine River, the main natural border between France and Germany.  Not surprisingly, it's home to a number of important castles.  One of these is the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a medieval castle in the commune of Orschwiller.  Seen in this drone video by kastore25, the castle was burned by Swedish troops during the Thirty Years War; it's now one of Alsace's top attractions.  

Chantilly Castle

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France's Chantilly and Villevieille Castles by Drone

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Phildrone brings us this marvelous aerial view of Chantilly Castle (Château de Chantilly), one of the most famous castles in France.  It's situated in the Oise district in the north central part of the country.  Originally built in the 16th century, it was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in its present form in the 19th century.  The castle appeared in the 16th James Bond film, A View to a Kill (1985).  The video also includes footage of the less well known Chateauneuf Villevieille in southern France.  

The Alsace Region

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Alsace, France | DJI Mavic Air 2019

Energy Butterfly

Contributor and drone pilot Energy Butterfly used a DJI Mavic Air to create this mini-aerial tour of the Alsace region of east-central France.  Alsace is a historical region in which (by virtue of geography) French and German culture has been nearly thoroughly blended.  Together with its sister province of Lorraine, Alsace was captured by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1, then recaptured by France in World War I.  The towns featured in the video include Riquewihr, Eguisheim, and La Petite Pierre.

Lille: Northern Industrial City

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Flying over Lille, France

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Lille is the largest city in the Nord department of France, the province which occupies the country's northern "triangle" just south of the Belgian border.   Lille has a distinct culture which reflects the influence of the Flanders region of Belgium, which lies immediately to its north.  It is one of the most industrialized areas of France, and its occupation by Germany at the outset of World War I was a major blow to the country.  Morgo87 created this amazing drone video of the city, the fifth largest in France.  

Pierrefonds Castle

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MAVIC 2 PRO - SHORT CINEMATIC - CHÂTEAU DE PIERREFONDS

Raphael Rablat

Château de Pierrefonds is a famous French castle.  It's located on the edge of the Forest of Compiègne, about 60 km (around 35 mi.) northeast of Paris.  Originally dating to the 12th century, it was rebuilt under the direction of the Duke of Orléans around the turn of the 15th century.  Nearly destroyed in the 1600's, the castle was extensively renovated in the 19th century.  Seen here in this drone video by Raphael Rabat, the castle has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including the BBC's Merlin series.  

Somme Battlefield

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Tribute to the Fallen: the Battle of the Somme

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This outstanding drone video will give you an aerial view of the site of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest of World War I and indeed in military history.  The battle was launched on July 1, 1916 with a massive Anglo-French assault on the German lines on either side of the Somme River in the Picardy region of Northern France.  British casualties alone on the first day totalled 60,000, including an astounding 20,000 men killed.  By the time the battle ended inconclusively in November, hundreds of thousands on both sides lay dead.

Chateau in Val-d'Oise

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Le Donjon

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Contributor Toni Video created this beautiful drone video of a semi-ruined castle in northern France.  Château de La Roche-Guyon is situated in Val-d'Oise, one of the Departments which makes up the Île-de-France region that includes the national capital.  The chateau was built in the 13th century on the Seine River, in a strategic location relative to routes between Paris and Normandy.  During World War II, the town was used as bunker location by German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel.  

The Aisne River

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Vailly-sur-Aisne vue du ciel - DLVP HEVC 4K

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The Aisne is one of the great rivers of Northern France.  It rises in the Argonne Forest and converges with the Oise, which in turn flows into the Seine.  It's part of a greater river system in the region which served to both feed and protect Paris from foreign invasion, permitting the city on the Seine to emerge as the nerve center of the modern nation-state of France.  In this drone video by power falcon, you'll get an aerial view of an upstream section of the Aisne around the town of Vailly-sur-Aisne in the Aisne Department.  

Noirceux, Vosges Mountains

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Fall Trees in Noirceux

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Content creator and pilot david dreyfus created this beautiful drone video of a spot in the Alsace region of northeastern France.  It's in the area around the town of Noirceux, which lies in the Vosges Mountains.  The mountains form a chain which runs roughly parallel to the Rhine River.  The Alsace region represents some of the most fought-over land in Europe - it was captured by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 and recaptured by France in World War I - and also some of its most beautiful.  

The Marne River

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AY et les méandres de la Marne - DLVP HEVC 4K

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The Marne River is one of the main waterways of north-central France.  It rises on the Langres Plateau and flows in a generally westward direction to a confluence with the Seine River southeast of Paris, running a course of about 515 km (310 mi.).  It's one of a series of rivers which historically served to protect the French capital city from invasion, most famously so during the Battle of Marne in September, 1914.  In this drone video by power falcon, you'll get a bird's eye view of a meander in the river in the Champagne region.  

The Port of Dunkirk

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Sailing from Dunkirk - May, 2018

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We droneu created this beautiful bird's eye view of an old sail-powered ship heading out of the harbor of Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France.  It's part of the Nord department, the northernmost in the country.  Dunkirk was the scene of one of the more consequential events of World War II.  In late May and early June of 1940, as France was collapsing under the weight of an invasion by Nazi Germany, over 300,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from the Continent by a makeshift fleet of British ships and boats.  

Monastery in the Eure Department

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Abbaye de Mortemer vue du ciel par drone en Normandie

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Mortemer Abbey is a well-known monastery in Northern France.  Built in the 12th century, it's located in the Forest of Lyons near the town of Rouen in the Department of Eure.  The older buildings in the complex were later complemented by newer construction in the early 18th century.  Seen here in this drone video by drone malin, the monastery is the subject of numerous local legends, some of which are tied to the English throne claimant Matilda of England.  The monastery was dissolved in the course of the French Revolution.  

Comines: Belgian Border Town

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Comines, France - 2019 | DJI Mavic Air

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Comines is a commune of the Nord department in northern France. The town, which sits on the French-Belgian border, is split in two parts: the Comines of France and the Comines in Belgium. Top attractions for both tourists and locals include the Eglise Sainte-Chrysole and Beffroi de l’Hotel de Ville. You can see those buildings, plus the beautiful landscapes that surrounds the dual and idyllic town in this drone video, shot on the DJI Mavic Air, by contributor and drone pilot bartreding. 

Battles of the Marne Memorial

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Battles of the Marne Memorial

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Contributor power falcon created this drone video of an important site in Northern France commemorating two critical World War I battles that were fought along the banks of the Marne River.  The first battle occurred in September, 1914 when Allied forces stopped the great German advance in what turned out to be the conflict's single-most important battle.  The Second Battle of the Marne occurred on almost the same ground in the summer of 1918, when the French stopped a last-gasp German offensive and set up the war's final phase.

Chateau in the Aisne Department

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Le Château de Fère-en-Tardenois 4K H.265 HEVC

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Get an aerial look at a well-known castle ruin in northern France with this drone video by power falcon.  It's the Château de Fère-en-Tardenois, and it's situated in the Aisne Department.  The current structure was the work of Anne de Montmorency, a close advisor to King Francis I.  Its most distinctive Renaissance elements were designed by the architect of Chenonceau Castle.  The castle, which is open to the public, is designated a National Monument under French preservation laws.  

World War I Monument

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Mangin's Tower

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Contributor power falcon created this amazing drone video of a significant historical spot in Northern France.  It's a tower in the Forest of Retz which was constructed in the 1920's on the ruins of an earlier version that had played a key role in the climax of World War I.  The tower was erected on the orders of General Charles Mangin, who was called back to lead the French Tenth Army on the Allies' first major strike following the failure of the Ludendorff Offensives of 1918, and which led to the Allied victory in less than four months.  

Church Saint-Vaast of Wambrechies

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LET'S FLY ... St Vaast Church!!

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The Church Saint-Vaast of Wambrechies is an important religious landmark in northern France.  It's located in the town of Wambrechies in Nord, the northernmost of the French departments.  The church was built in the mid-19th century as part of a renovation of the center of the city.  The church was damaged in the First World War and in the Second World War it had its distinctive arrow top removed due to its proximity to a German airfield.  Check it out from above in this drone video by Let's Fly Productions.  

Val-d'Oise: La Roche-Guyon

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Autumn colors

Des Ailes et des Images

Check out this beautiful aerial fall scene from a commune in Northern France, compliments of Des Ailes et des Images.  It's called La Roche-Guyon and it's situated in the Val-d'Oise Department, about 60 km (around 36 mi) west of Paris.  The town's landscape is dominated by the 12th century Château de La Roche-Guyon.  Featured prominently in the video, the castle served as the HQ of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel while he commanded German defenses following the Allied D-Day landing in June, 1944.  

Landscapes of the Aisne Department

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Soupir & Berry-au-bac 4k H.265 HEVC

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Check out these beautiful aerial landscape shots from Northern France, compliments of Power Falcon.  The footage was captured around Soupir and Berry-au-bac in the Aisne Department.  Aisne is the southeasternmost of the five departments of the Hauts-de-France region, which covers the northernmost "triangle" of France.  Lying in the heart of the great European Plain, the peaceful countryside belies a past which was anything but: historically, this was some of the most fought-over land in Europe.  

Chateau Versailles

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Le château et domaine de Versailles

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Check out these amazing aerial views of France's Palace of Versailles, compliments of contributor Lumy.  It's located roughly 30 km from central Paris, in the Yvelines Department of Northern France.  Converted from a hunting lodge to a royal castle by King Louis XIV in the 17th century, Versailles was the principal residence of the French Royal Family for roughly a hundred years leading up to the French Revolution.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, the great palace is the second-most visited site in Greater Paris after the Louvre Museum.