Close encounter of Cussac

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The Close encounter of Cussac is the name given to claims of a close encounter with alien beings by a young brother and sister in Cussac, Cantal, France.[1]

On Aug. 29, 1967, a 13-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister told local police they were watching cows in a field and saw "four small black beings about 47 inches tall" who appeared to rise in the air and enter "a round spaceship, about 15 feet in diameter" that was hovering over the field. The police noted "sulfur odor and the dried grass" at the place where the sphere was alleged to have taken off. The children's story is one of the reports of UFO sightings investigated by the French government made public in a mass release of documents in March 2007, which received so many hits on its first day that the site crashed.[2]

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  1. ^ Rossini, David; Maillot, Eric; Déguillaume, Eric (February 2009). "UFOs: an Assessment of Thirty Years of Official Studies in France". Skeptical Inquirer. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. 33 (1). Retrieved 17 September 2014. Cussac (August 29, 1967) — a "close encounter of the third kind" that became as famous in France as the one in Kelly–Hopkinsville in the United States CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Moore, Molly (March 23, 2007). "French Get a Look at Nation's UFO Files". The Washington Post. Washington Post Foreign Service. Retrieved 16 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Report on the Scientific Council - GEPAN, t. 4, National Centre for Space Studies, 140, June 1978 No. 68.
  • Thierry Pinvidic, "Witnesses to a" legend ": a case of UFO sighting 'in' Communications', No. 52, October 1990, p. 311-335.
  • Thierry Pinvidic, "A classic that has a hard time" in Pinvindic Thiery (ed). 'UFO: towards an anthropology of contemporary myth', Editions Heimdal, Paris, 1993, p. 199-209.