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Drone spotted near Charlie Hebdo as 10 more fly over Paris

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 1:42 PM
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Drone spotted near Charlie Hebdo as 10 more fly over Paris

Police fail to catch pilots of drones in ten sightings around Paris on Tuesday night amid concerns they could pose terror threat


French authorities have been flummoxed by the string of sightings of drones in France in recent weeks



A drone has been spotted hovering over the current offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, as the mystery of the unmanned aircraft seen over Paris in recent weeks deepened with a further 10 sightings on Tuesday night.

French authorities have been flummoxed by the string of sightings of drones in France in recent weeks that have seen them illicitly fly over 17 nuclear power plants and a nuclear submarine base, as well as the Elysée Palace, the Eiffel Tower and the US embassy in Paris.

While police insist there is nothing to worry about, the sightings have raised public fears that terrorists could find a way to attach explosives or toxic chemicals to the drones.

On Tuesday night, a policeman reportedly spotted one hovering outside the offices of Libération newspaper, which is currently housing Charlie Hebdo – the satirical magazine targeted in an attack by Islamist gunmen in January that killed 12.

A police patrol gave chase to another drone at the porte de Montreuil, which leads to the ring road southeast of the capital. They were unable to keep up with it due to traffic, but the drone was then spotted at the nearby Porte de Vincennes, where another Islamist shot dead four people at a Jewish supermarket in the January attacks.

It was retrieved by four men who fled in a black car onto Paris’s “périphérique”, or ring road.

Little is known about the motivations of the drone owners and whether they are merely thrill-seekers playing with their new “toys” or individuals with more sinister aims.

The Paris prosecutor has launched an inquiry into “aircraft flight in a forbidden zone”, which is being led by Paris’s air transport gendarmes unit.

Unauthorised drone flights in France are punishable by a maximum one-year prison term and a €75,000 (£54,400) fine.

Police say they are taking the phenomenon “very seriously”.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said there have been “60 overflights of drones” around France since October 5 and that the government had taken “preventative measures to inform users of these craft at the moment of purchase of the penalties they face for breaking the law”.

The defence ministry recently issued a tender to develop systems enabling “the surveillance, detection, or even partial or total neutralisation” of drones while respecting civil liberties.

A national security report last month recommended creating a drone register and obliging them to have in-built detection systems.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11449981/Drone-spotted-near-Charlie-Hebdo-as-10-more-fly-over-Paris.html

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VooDooB
by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Unidentified drones reappear over Paris for second night

At least five more sightings of mystery drones over central Paris for second consecutive night, stoking security fears in French capital just weeks after Charlie Hebdo attack


French soldiers patrol on August 14, 2013 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.



Police spotted at least five drones flying overnight near the Eiffel Tower, the US embassy and other sites in Paris in the second night ofmysterious appearances in the city by unmanned aerial machines.

The sightings have raised fears in the French capital, which is still on top security alert after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in a series of attacks in January.

The drones were spotted in the early hours of Wednesday near the US embassy, which is on the same street as the French president's Elysée Palace, near the Invalides military museum, around the Eiffel Tower and over several major thoroughfares.


The drones were seen between midnight and 6 am. They were also spotted over Place de la Concorde, the grand square that lies at the end of the Champs Elysées, and over several thoroughfares leading into the city from the périphérique, or inner ring road. The drones were flying at altitudes of between 100 and 300 metres.


Police on the ground followed the drones but quickly lost sight of them and were unable to determine who was piloting them, a source said.

"It could be a coordinated action but we cannot say that for certain at the moment," a police source told Le Parisien newspaper.

Paris police had already been trying to find out who was behind the appearance of an estimated five separate drone flights over a similar area the previous night. Such flights are banned over Paris skies.

Last month a drone flew over the Elysée Palace, and drones were also spotted flying over more than a dozen nuclear sites in France last October.

All the drones spotted were described as standard, small models of pilotless aircraft available commercially, which police say are too light to cause significant damage if crashed into a building, even a nuclear power plant.

But the sightings have raised public fears that terrorists could find a way to attach explosives or toxic chemicals to the drones.

Police are unclear as to whether the drones, which can transmit high-quality aerial film, are being used maliciously or as a prank by enthusiasts.

Authorities are also concerned that a member of the public could be hit by a drone that falls out of the sky after a malfunction. Operating a drone illegally in France carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a €75,000 (£55,000) fine.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11433746/Unidentified-drones-reappear-over-Paris-for-second-night.html

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by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2015 at 1:59 PM
"Nothing to worry about, nothing to see here!"
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VooDooB
by on Mar. 5, 2015 at 11:03 AM

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