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3 Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying drone in Paris

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 25 2015 Feb 25, 2015 February 25, 2015 11:41 AM February 25, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

PARIS - The Paris prosecutors' office says three Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for illegally flying a drone.

It said the three foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after police spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris.

They can be held for a maximum of 24 hours under French law. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a €75,000 ($85,000) fine.

The arrests come as unidentified drones flew over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks five times for a second night running Tuesday night, baffling French authorities. France has ramped up security nationwide after the January terror attacks in Paris that left 20 people dead.

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