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Civil rights groups raise concerns as French police drones roam free during lockdown

By Clément Le Foll and Clément Pouré
A police drone in the southern French city of Marseille, March 24th 2020. © GERARD JULIEN / AFP A police drone in the southern French city of Marseille, March 24th 2020. © GERARD JULIEN / AFP

Since the start of the coronavirus lockdown on March 17th in France drones have become an increasingly familiar sight above public areas in France. They have been used by the authorities to fly over towns and cites, coastal areas and parks. But no one is sure if these drones are filming people and, if so, whether the images are being stored or cross-checked with police files. As Clément Le Foll and Clément Pouré report, civil liberties groups are increasingly worried about the situation.

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