Mystery Drones Over Major Sites Rattle Paris

Devices seen near Eiffel Tower, US embassy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Mystery Drones Over Major Sites Rattle Paris
This 2010 file photo shows the main entrance of the American embassy in Paris. At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the US Embassy, and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Paris remains edgy after terror attacks earlier this year, and the appearance of five unexplained drones overnight isn't helping. "It could be a coordinated action, but we don't know yet," a police source tells the Telegraph of the devices, which were seen at well-known sites including the Eiffel Tower, US embassy, the Interior Ministry building, and the Louvre museum, the AP reports. The drones are commercial models which wouldn't cause harm by themselves, but that calculus changes quickly if extremists figure out how to attach bombs or chemicals to them. Dozens of sightings have been reported in recent months over French nuclear plants and military sites in the past few months, the AP notes; Paris has a ban on the flights. (A drone that crashed last month at the White House was not very nefarious.)

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