Mystery deepens as more drones spotted over French nuclear plants

AFP-JIJI

Drones have overflown five more nuclear plants in France, sources said Saturday, the latest in a mysterious string of such incidents across the country.

The drones flew over two power stations in the north, two in the center and one in the east of the country between 7:00 p.m. and midnight Friday, two sources said.

It marked the latest incident in which the machines have flown over the country’s nuclear power plants — actions for which no one has yet claimed responsibility and that authorities insist pose no danger.

On Friday a spokesman for security forces said that two plants were flown over during the night and the national energy company EDF said Wednesday that it had identified seven drones flying over its plants this month and had filed a complaint with the police.

An inquiry has been launched to find who is piloting the remote-controlled machines.

The drone flights have sparked questions over the security of nuclear plants in France, which relies heavily on atomic energy for electricity. The Interior Ministry has stressed that a drone does not pose any concern for the plants, which are “designed to withstand a strong earthquake or an airliner crashing into it.”

It is against French law to fly within a 5-km radius of a nuclear plant. Anyone breaking the law is liable to one year in prison and a fine of €75,000 ($93,000).

Environmental lobby group Greenpeace, whose activists have in the past staged protests at nuclear plants in France, has denied any involvement in the mysterious drone activity.

France, the world’s most nuclear-dependent country, operates 58 reactors and has been a leading international cheerleader for atomic energy. But in a deal with the Greens before the 2012 parliamentary and presidential elections, President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party promised to cut reliance on nuclear energy from more than 75 percent to 50 percent by shutting 24 reactors by 2025.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Stand down, it’s only chosenite capers across the lame stream papers, Fukushima phase two specially prepared for you and you and you

    9 makes 11 Redux, “and the buildings were designed to withstand the impact of airliners crashing into them”; but, of course, when own government sanctioned explosives of a nuclear nature are used to implode 3-buildings, insurance claims of the Silverstein nature, the house of cards comes a tumbling down, death & destruction abounds, of course it’s those pesky dead Arabs with box cutters and sharpened boarding passes again, 3D Drones False Flag heaven just around the next corner, to be sure”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.harper.520562 Jack Harper

    This must mean Parrot’s long awaited BeBop is out on the market unless Parrot is still conducting tests.

    BeBop is capable of autonomous flight over the reactors.
    No problem.
    It could even carry a kilo of C4 and place it anywhere.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Stand down, it’s only chosenite capers across the lame
    stream papers, Fukushima phase two specially prepared for you and you and you

    9 makes 11 Redux, “and the buildings were designed to withstand the impact
    of airliners crashing into them”; but, of course, when own government
    sanctioned explosives of a nuclear nature are used to implode 3-buildings,
    insurance claims of the Silverstein nature, the house of cards comes a tumbling
    down, death & destruction abounds, of course it’s those pesky dead Arabs
    with box cutters and sharpened boarding passes again, 3D Drones False Flag
    heaven just around the next corner, to be sure”.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Stand down, it’s only chosenite capers across the lame stream papers, Fukushima phase two specially prepared for you and you and you

    9 makes 11 Redux, “and the buildings were designed to withstand the impact
    of airliners crashing into them”; but, of course, when own government
    sanctioned explosives of a nuclear nature are used to implode 3-buildings,
    insurance claims of the Silverstein nature, the house of cards comes a tumbling
    down, death & destruction abounds, of course it’s those pesky dead Arabs
    with box cutters and sharpened boarding passes again, 3D Drones False Flag
    heaven just around the next corner, to be sure”.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Stand down, it’s only chosenite capers across the lame stream papers, Japan Times Online a mouthpiece for the Beast, Fukushima phase two specially prepared for you and you and you (and you, “moderator”, who keeps removing this Truth)

    9 makes 11 Redux, “and the buildings were designed to withstand the impact
    of airliners crashing into them”; but, of course, when own government
    sanctioned explosives of a nuclear nature are used to implode 3-buildings,
    insurance claims of the Silverstein nature, the house of cards comes a tumbling
    down, death & destruction abounds, of course it’s those pesky dead Arabs
    with box cutters and sharpened boarding passes again, 3D Drones False Flag
    heaven just around the next corner, to be sure”.