Theoretically, in France, the overflight of nuclear power plants is subject to very strict regulations. For certain sites, it is prohibited within a five-kilometer and 1000-meter-high perimeter around the sites, and is punishable by one year’s imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros. This regulation has not however prevented dozens of overflights since 2013. And this without ever the officials are found: the state and EDF seem unable to cope. Between September and November 2014 alone, more than 30 overflights were recorded over 14 nuclear power plants operated by EDF. Some events are more worrying than others: on 19 October 2014, four sites (Bugey, Gravelines, Chooz, Nogent-sur-Seine) were flown simultaneously, suggesting that this was a coordinated operation. In January 2015, two drones flew over the Nogent-sur-Seine power plant, located less than 100 kilometers from Paris.
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