Florence Parly, the French Defence Minister, announced on Monday that the French submarine Minerve has been found.
The Minerve submarine had been missing for over 50 years ever since it disappeared along with 52 sailors aboard, near the port of Toulon, on the French south coast, in January 1968. Previous attempts to search for the submarine have been unsuccessful.
Ms Parly announced the new recovery effort earlier this year, following fresh requests from bereaved families to find their loved ones.
"We have just found the Minerva," Ms Parly tweeted (in French). "It's a success, a relief and a technical feat. I think of the families who have been waiting for this moment so long."
The missing submarine was found 45km (30 miles) from Toulon 2,370m (7,800ft) under the surface, AFP reports.
It was one in a string of a deadly disasters involving military submarines around the world during the 1960s.
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