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25/02/2015 09:10 GMT | Updated 25/02/2015 09:59 GMT

Paris Night Drone Mystery Continues To Baffle Police

A series of unexplained drone sightings near landmarks in the French capital have police officers baffled.

Five mystery flights were spotted on Tuesday evening, with drones being seen violating the airspace near Invalides military museum, the US Embassy, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and two of the old city gates.

Operating drones in Paris is illegal at night and requires government authorisation by day.

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Footage of the occurrences will be analysed by 10 investigators in an attempt to track down the unknown drone pilots.

"Is it a game? Scouting for future operations? The investigation will show us," a Parisian police chief said Tuesday.

The remote-controlled craft were also spotted around the transport gates of Porte de Clignancourt and Porte de Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of the capital.

French police consider the unauthorised flights to be worrying, particularly in the light of recent terror attacks, but the main reason for the ban is the possibility of injuring civilians.

These sightings follow on from several cases of the small craft seen at French nuclear power stations last year and the presidential palace in January.

The police first began investigating mysterious drone flights when energy company EDF complained about 20 separate cases of small craft hovering over their nuclear plants in November.

There was then a scare when a drone was spotted near Francois Hollande's private residence shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

In the same month, small drones were also spotted over a bay in Brittany which housed nuclear submarines.

"Many sensitive sites are protected and from now on we are asking law enforcement to have an eye on the sky as well," said a police source.

The French government has now launched a one million Euro scheme to figure out ways of intercepting drones and finding their pilots.

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