French submarine missing since 1968 is found

A French submarine that has been missing for more than 50 years has been located by a search team, the BBC reports.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly tweeted the announcement on Monday, describing the discovery as a “relief and technical feat”.

Fifty-two sailors were on board the Minerve when it vanished near the port of Toulon, on the French south coast, in January 1968.

Previous efforts to find the submarine were all unsuccessful.

The final discovery was made by a boat belonging to private US company Ocean Infinity.

The missing submarine was found 45km from Toulon 2,370m (7,800ft) under the surface, AFP reports.

The precise reason behind the accident involving the Minerve has never been revealed.

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