PATROUILLE DE FRANCE – The noise worried many Parisians. This Thursday, September 9, around 7 p.m., eight planes – Alpha Jets – from the Patrouille de France flew over the capital.

“What was that plane noise at very low altitude over Paris ???”, worried Florent on Twitter. “I just heard a fighter plane pass over my house in Paris, super scary I thought we were getting a missile,” Ben wrote.

But why did the Patrouille de France planes cross the skies of Paris? While some initially thought it might be a tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo, others quickly found the answer.

I just heard a fighter plane fly over my house in Paris, super scary I thought we were getting a missile 😥

Patrouille de France in flight (very low) above the Paris court. Funny feeling to hear airplane engines at this time …

It was in fact a flight to support the association Imagine for Margo, which works for research into pediatric cancers, of which the Patrouille de France is the sponsor, according to Le Figaro.

The association is indeed launching a large auction for the benefit of research against childhood cancer on the occasion of its ten years of existence, notes Actu.fr. Items from the Patrol will notably be sold at the Automobile Club de France, where Christie’s is organizing the sale.

Le Figaro indicates that the planes also flew over the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif (south of Paris) in tribute to sick children and caregivers.

See also on Le HuffPost: For July 14, Mcfly and Carlito flew over the Champs-Elysées with the Patrouille de France

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