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A small propeller drone was spotted flying over the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French president, in the early hours of January 16, the latest in a series of unexplained drone activity over sensitive French targets.

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While authorities have eliminated the possibility of a terrorist motive, they are stumped as to its origin, French media reported Tuesday.

The Elysee drone, reportedly resembling a helicopter with four propellers, was spotted by police as it flew over the palace from the direction of the Place Beauvau – the seat of the Interior Ministry – toward the Place de la Concorde, French broadcaster iTele reported.

An investigation was ordered into the craft, which was characterized by authorities as too lightweight to carry explosives but possibly equipped with a camera. The drone was not recovered.

The incident comes on the heels of a wave of mysterious drone flights over most of France’s nuclear plants during the past months, in violation of a ban on airspace above the plants.

Arrests in November related to the drone activity did not end the flights, which remain unexplained.
GNA

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