09:35 GMT02 July 2020
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    As tensions over terrorism continue to run high in the wake of January's attacks, unidentified UAVs have been spotted near many of the French capital's key buildings and landmarks.

    At least five drones of unknown origin were spotted in several restricted areas of Paris, including the US embassy and the Eiffel Tower.

    The drones were spotted in several locations through the night, starting from 1:00 a.m. The first one was discovered by police officers over the US embassy. The little aircraft was hovering at a low altitude: between 100 and 300 meters.

    Later on, other drones were seen near the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille, in the vicinity of the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Élysée Palace, the president’s residence. At 6 a.m., the last one flew over the administrative quarter of Paris. The incident raised deep concerns among the police, as security measures in Paris had been increased after the terrorist attacks in January. Nevertheless, the identity of the pilot is still unknown.

    A similar episode took place on January 20, as an unidentified drone was found spying on the French President’s Palace. A number of drones were also seen earlier, over French nuclear plants. However, it is the first time so many surveillance craft were active in one night.

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