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Drone flies over French submarine communications centre

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The submarine L'Inflexible off Brest in eastern France AFP

A drone was spotted flying over a sensitive naval communications centre near Paris on Saturday night, adding to official concern over dozens of mysterious drone-flights in areas where they are banned.


A drone was spotted over the Seine-Port marine transmission centre, which communicates with French navy submarines, at 9.30pm on Saturday.

The centre, which is south-east of Paris, houses several radio masts, some of them more than 200 metres high.

Air-transport gendarmes have been charged with investigating the incident.

Drones were spotted near a naval base in Brest, western France, that is home port to four nuclear submarines.

There have been at least 60 drone flights over sensitive sights and over Paris itself, where they are banned, since 5 October and the authorities have been unable to find any of the people responsible, apart from three Al-Jazeera journalists.