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Al-Jazeera Journalists Reportedly Arrested For Flying A Drone In Paris

Al-Jazeera said on Twitter that the group was arrested while covering the series of mysterious drone sightings in Paris over the past few days.

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The journalists are accused of flying the drone in the Bois de Boulogne woods without a license, the Associated Press reported.

Police said officers busted the foreigners, who are aged 70, 54, and 36, after they spotted them flying the object.

"The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming, and the third was watching," a judicial sourced told AFP.

Al-Jazeera said on Twitter that the group was arrested while covering the series of mysterious drone sightings in Paris over the past few days.

Three @ajenglish journos held by Paris police while filming a report on the city's recent mystery drones. More info when it's available.

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Three @ajenglish journos held by Paris police while filming a report on the city's recent mystery drones. More info when it's available.

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Police have spotted drones on five different instances from 1.30 p.m. to 2 a.m. since Monday night, according to the AP.

The drones have been spotted by key landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Paris Opera. French authorities are investigating the sightings.

The investigation comes during a time of high alert in the country following the terror attacks at the beginning of the year.

The journalists face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and an $85,000 fine.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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