JOURNALIST FACES COURT FOR FLYING PARIS DRONE

Feb 26, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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An Al-Jazeera journalist will face court for illegally flying a drone in Paris.

This comes after a number of drone flyovers – that have baffled French authorities – amid heightened security concerns.

The Paris prosecutor’s office says three journalists for Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera were released today-  a day after they were detained. Al-Jazeera says the reporters for the network’s English channel were filming a report on the mystery drones.

The journalist who is accused of operating the drone is to face court next week. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence – and an $85,000 fine.

Drones were spotted over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks this week, the latest of several seen around France recently.

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