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Drones spotted over Paris for a second night

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Small civilian drones have been spotted in the skies over the French capital for a second night in a row, police said on Wednesday, once again flying over the US embassy and several iconic Paris landmarks.

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At least five drones were spotted over central Paris by both witnesses and police, sources told French media.

The tiny aircraft were seen near the US embassy, the Invalides military museum, the Eiffel Tower, the French Senate and several major thoroughfares leading into and out of the French capital.

Police had already been investigating who was behind some five separate drone flights over the same areas of Paris the previous night.

France has some of the world’s most advanced legislation regulating the use of civilian drones. French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the flights, which took place over “prohibited zones”, the AFP news agency reported.

French consumers can purchase drones from specialty stores for recreational use. The drones can be flown without a permit in airspace under 500 feet but not over populated areas, airfields and a handful of sensitive areas, like military buildings and nuclear sites.

The latest incidents come after a series of civilian drone flyovers at French nuclear plants in October and, in January, over the Elysée presidential palace.

The fresh sightings also come at a time of heightened security in Paris following last month's jihadist attacks that left 17 people dead.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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