Paris Drones, Including One Spotted Near Scene of Hyper Cacher Attack, Raise New Terror Fears
A number of drone sightings in Paris, including one near the scene of the deadly terror attack at a kosher supermarket in January, have raised new terror fears, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
While French authorities have been baffled by the string of sightings including at 7 nuclear power plants and a nuclear submarine base, as well as the Elysée Palace, the Eiffel Tower and the US embassy in Paris, they insist that there is nothing to fear.
But, according to the Telegraph, “the sightings have raised public fears that terrorists could find a way to attach explosives or toxic chemicals to the drones.”
Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s interior minister, said there have been “60 overflights of drones” around the country since early October and that the government had taken “preventative measures to inform users of these craft at the moment of purchase of the penalties they face for breaking the law.”
“We need to be very vigilant on this, we’re going to have to be extremely careful,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told France Info radio, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. “The day that we find the people who are doing this, there will be penalties… we will find them, sooner or later.”
The Hyper Cacher attack was carried out by Islamist terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who killed four Jewish men as they shopped for Shabbat on January 9th. Earlier that week, 10 journalists and 3 police officers were also killed in Paris by Islamist terrorists. Since that time, the French capital has been on high alert.