Men with drones arrested near French nuclear plant

Three men were being questioned after being found with a drone Wednesday afternoon near the Belleville-sur-Loire reactor

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PARIS (AP) — Three men in their twenties have been arrested in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor, the first such arrests since a spate of mysterious drone flights over nuclear reactors began in early October.

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.

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The National Gendarmerie said the men were being questioned after being found with a drone Wednesday afternoon near the Belleville-sur-Loire reactor in the Cher region south of Paris.

It didn't immediately provide more details.

The drones — unmanned aircraft — that overflew nuclear plants ranged from very small to one spanning six feet.

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