Al Jazeera journalists detained in France for flying drone in Paris

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The logo of Al Jazeera.

The logo of Al Jazeera.

Three Al Jazeera journalists have been arrested by French authorities for flying a drone over Paris, according to a report.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported the three journalists were arrested for flying a drone in the Bois-de-Boulogne, a large park in the capital city.

Their names were not immediately released, although AFP identified their ages as 36, 54 and 70-years-old. A judicial source told AFP that one person was operating the drone, a second was filming and a third was watching.

It is unclear if the drone activity is connected to recent reports of drone sightings near various landmarks throughout Paris, a story that Al Jazeera itself has covered this week. Flying drones is illegal in the French capital.

A spokesperson for Al Jazeera told the BBC that the journalists had been working on a story about earlier drone sightings in the city. Al Jazeera did not return a request for comment from The Desk.

[Update: The headline of this post has been edited to clarify the journalists are accused of flying a single drone, not “drones” as earlier reported.]