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France has discovered new satellite images of possible wreckage from MH370 in the vicinity of where Chinese and Australian officials also believe the plane crashed. French officials preferred to keep an air of mystique about the findings, which naturally meant that Malaysia—which scooped China's own announcement yesterday—spilled the beans for them.

But a Malaysian official involved in the search mission said the images were captured Friday and pinpointed objects about 930 kilometers (575 miles) north of the spots where the objects in the images released by Australia and China were located.

Another official, speaking on the condition on anonymity, reported that the image of the potential debris were similar in size to that of the Chinese findings yesterday. 

Yesterday, searchers reportedly found and lost sight of a "wooden pallet that appeared to be surrounded by straps of varying lengths and colors," which could be plane debris, but also could be anything really. 

As teams search again for the pallet, which they hope will yield some clues, enthusiasm for everything (flight-related or not) is naturally tempered by sentences like these: 

"It's a possible lead ... but pallets are used in the shipping industry as well." an Australian Maritime Safety Authority official said Sunday. Authorities have said random debris is often found in the ocean.

For more on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 saga, which is now entering its third week, check out a thorough timeline here and all of our coverage here.

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