Stoking public panic is motive behind phantom flights in the night
The flights over potential terrorist targets in Paris and nuclear plants around France are probably intended to scare the public rather than being for reconnaissance purposes or trial runs for attacks, experts said yesterday.
Christophe Naudin, an air security expert, said those behind the flights were trying to "demonstrate how the authorities are incapable of protecting people". Sources close to the investigation said those responsible for the flights over Paris could also have been behind drones spotted flying over 17 nuclear power plants in France since October. When photographs of President Francois Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet in the Elysee gardens appeared in a magazine last year, it was initially suggested a drone could have taken them.
However, the theory was later discounted and French newspapers reported that suspicion had fallen on staff members who were subsequently reassigned.