Neighbours take the wind out of Flying Frenchman

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Neighbours take the wind out of Flying Frenchman

Macron hailed him as France's James Bond but Franky Zapata's Flyboard is proving too noisy for some

David Chazan

He won acclaim when he became the first person to zoom across the English Channel on a hoverboard last month, but Franky Zapata could now be brought down to earth with a bump.

The Frenchman is facing legal action after his neighbours in the Riviera village of Sausset-les-Pins complained of noise and toxic jet fumes from his self-designed Flyboard.

They say that it emits a deafening roar, which peaks at 120 decibels, the same level as a loud rock concert or a military jet taking off. Doctors say repeated or prolonged exposure to noise levels that are higher than 85dB can be harmful...

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