French police are set to use drones for the first time in their battle against terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The French Ministry of the Interior has approved the use of the new weapons in cooperation with the French Defence Ministry, which is also set to be using the unmanned aerial vehicle for the same purpose.
France has been waging a counter-terrorism campaign since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in January 2015, killing 130 people.
In December, the government passed a law that granted the military the right to use the drones against suspects.
France is one of the few countries to have deployed drones to counter jihadist activity.
The country has more than 8,000 police officers, which have been trained to use them.
France’s drone use is part of a larger strategy that includes deploying unmanned aircraft over French soil in a bid to prevent attacks, as well as sending drones to collect intelligence.
The drones are being used to hunt down militants in remote areas and to intercept communication, as part of France’s fight against jihadist networks.
“We want to use this technology to make sure that France is not at risk, because France is under attack,” the minister said in December, referring to the Charlie Hebdo attack.
“We want France to remain calm and to remain safe.”
The minister’s announcement comes as the government prepares to approve the use by the French military of the Predator drones, the most advanced aircraft in the U.S. military.
The drones are designed to fly at altitudes of between 500 to 1,000 meters (yards to miles), with a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (2,000 to 4,000 miles).
They have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The French Air Force is also using drones to fly surveillance missions over French territory, as are the National Guard.
In a statement on Friday, the French Interior Ministry said it was working to develop the “necessary laws to provide for the use and use of drones in the interests of the national security.”