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Al-Jazeera reporters arrested as drone mystery baffles Paris



The arrests came as baffled police hunt for those behind night-time drone flights over Paris this week which have heightened fears in a city still on top security alert after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in a series of attacks in January.

Police spotted at least five drones flying on Tuesday night and the early hours of Weednesday near the Eiffel Tower, the US embassy, the Invalides military museum, and over several major thoroughfares.

French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (AFP/GETTY)

Security forces 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. If you are thinking of visiting France the following link has some further information on Cheap Child Friendly Hotels in Nice, France.Such flights are banned over Paris skies.

Last month a drone flew over the Elysée Palace where President François Hollande has his offices, 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 or 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.

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