France is poised to launch drones to spy on the countrys top political and business leaders.
A decree will be published in the coming weeks that will see drones fitted with cameras and sensors that will track people in public places, as well as those of their associates.
A similar decree is already in place in Italy.
France will be the first European country to launch its first surveillance drones, which will be used to monitor the « unofficial » activities of people who are not part of the government, the French daily Le Monde reported, citing the interior ministry.
« The French authorities will use drones to carry out surveillance in public spaces, and those of people, for the purpose of detecting and reporting crime, corruption and illegal activities, » the paper reported.
A similar move was also announced by Germany last year, but the country has yet to launch any surveillance drones.
In 2018, a similar decree was issued by the Czech Republic, which saw police deploy a number of drones in the country’s capital Prague, to monitor protesters and others.