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|French police investigate mystery drone flights over central Paris |
Various types of drones spotted near US embassy, Élysée palace, Invalides military museum and Eiffel Tower over two nights this week
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images
French police are investigating several mysterious drone flights over central Paris, months after a spate of unexplained drone sightings over the country’s nuclear plants sparked nervousness.
Over two nights this week drones were spotted near the US embassy, the Élysée palace, the Invalides military museum, the Eiffel Tower and several main roads leading in and out of the French capital.
There have been no claims of responsibility and it is not clear whether the various drones, reportedly of different types and sizes, are linked. The devices are banned over the capital and other built-up zones in France. It is illegal to fly one without a permit.
An al-Jazeera journalist will appear in court next week where he is expected to plead guilty to flying a drone. He and two colleagues were stopped and questioned by police on Wednesday in the Bois de Boulogne park, on the western edge of Paris. They had apparently been using a drone to make a TV report about the Paris drones mystery, and allegedly did not have a permit.
The journalists’ drone, supplied by al-Jazeera’s London office in November, has been confiscated. The two other journalists, who did not operate the drone, were released.
It is unclear whether the mystery flights were the work of pranksters, would-be aerial photographers, tourists or opportunist copycats taking advantage of the media coverage, or whether they may be of more concern.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.theguardian.com/world....l-paris