UFO sightings in France

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This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects or UFOs in France.


  • 815, Lyons, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The Carolingian archbishop, Agobard of Lyons, described in his De Grandine et Tonitruis ("On Hail and Thunder") of a "certain region called Magonia from whence come ships in the clouds", and how he prevented the stoning death of "three men and a woman who said they had fallen from these same ships." [1] [2]


October 17, 1952, Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Many people saw a cigar-shaped UFO accompanied by 30 disc-shaped objects. These smaller UFOs dropped a white siliceous cotton which covered tree branches and roofs.[3][4] Some French skeptics thought that the UFOs were an optical phenomenon caused by the refraction of the sun's rays and the siliceous cotton was caused by a migration of field spiders.[5]


  • On September 10, 1954, a railway worker witnessed two small beings boarding a UFO and flying into the sky. Strange things happened on the region on the following days. The case received notable media attention.


Depiction of one of the beings, according to the book La nouvelle vague des soucoupes volantes.
  • July 1, 1965, Valensole, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. An alleged UFO sighting and close encounter by farmer Maurice Masse. According to Masse, he encountered two small beings near a spherical vehicle that had landed in a nearby field. Masse claims that he was paralyzed when one of the beings pointed a tube-like object towards him. Masse said he watched the beings looking at plants and making grunting sounds until they returned to the vehicle and flew away. According to his wife, Masse said he received some kind of communication from the beings, considered his encounter "a spiritual experience", and looked upon the site as "hallowed ground" that "should be kept in his family forever".[6] UFOlogists consider Masse's claims significant and cite "landing gear impressions" found in the soil.[7]


  • August 29, 1967, Cussac, Cantal. Two young brothers and sisters declare to have been the witnesses of a meeting with a UFO and their occupants.


  • The Trans-en-Provence Case is considered by UFOlogists to be one of the rare cases where a UFO left material traces. This event took place on January 8, 1981, in Trans-en-Provence, in the French département of Var.


  • October 21, 1982, Nancy, France. At 12:30 a.m. an ovoid object descended into a garden and hovered above the ground. After 20 minutes the object took off silently into the sky. The witness, a biologist, reported that when the UFO rose up, the grass under it stood up straight. In the afternoon, the witness noted that two amaranth plants located near the UFO had withered leaves. The witness called the Gendarmerie, which made an inspection in the garden and took some samples of the amaranth plants. The analysis of the samples made by GEPAN found that the plants had been dehydrated, but there was no evidence of radiation.[8]

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  1. ^ De Grandine et Tonitruis pp. 8-10: "Plerosque autem vidimus et audivimus tanta dementia obrutos, tanta stultitia alienatos, ut credant et dicant quandam esse regionem, quæ dicatur Magonia, ex qua naves veniant in nubibus, in quibus fruges, quæ grandinibus decidunt, et tempestatibus pereunt, vehantur in eamdem regionem, ipsis videlicet nautis aëreis dantibus pretia tempestariis, et accipientibus frumenta vel ceteras fruges. Ex his item tam profunda stultitia excoecatis, ut haec posse fieri credant, vidimus plures in quodam conventu hominum exhibere vinctos quatuor homines, tres viros, et unam feminam, quasi qui de ipsis navibus ceciderint :; quos scilicet per aliquot dies in vinculis detentos, tandem collecto conventu hominum exhibuerunt, ut dixi, in nostra præsentia, tanquam lapidandos. Sed tamen vincente veritate, post multam ratiocinationem, ipsi qui eos exhibuerant, secundum propheticum illud confusi sunt, sicut confunditur fur quando deprehenditur".
  2. ^ Marrs,Jim. Alien Agenda. HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. p. 61. ISBN 0-06-018642-9.
  3. ^ Des ovnis à Oloron, le scoop date du 1952, La République des Pyrénées, archive
  4. ^ l’Observation d’Oloron- Sainte-Marie
  5. ^ The “angel hair” affair in Oloron 1952, the MD’s explanation
  6. ^ Denzler, Brenda (2001), The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs, University of California Press, pp. 39–, ISBN 978-0-520-93027-8
  7. ^ Narváez, Peter (1997), The Good People: New Fairylore Essays, University Press of Kentucky, pp. 484–, ISBN 0-8131-0939-6
  8. ^ Note technique du Gepan –Enquete 86/06 -“L’amarante”

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