UFOs are something we are all aware of, some people take no notice of them, some show a mild interest and some study them seriously. Whatever level of interest people may have about UFOs most people will be somewhat intrigued by them.
To date countries around the world have been very tight lipped about the UFO information they possessed, trying their best to keep it from the general public. Today France made a bold move by becoming the first country in the world to make its official UFO files available to the public.
The information has been made available today through a new website developed by the French national space agency. The UFO information revealed occurs during a fifty-year time span and includes 1,600 sightings.
The new online UFO archive will receive regular updates when new UFO sightings occur in France. Each case included on the UFO website contains every little detail about the sighting, no matter how unbelievable the sighting may have been. Many of the UFO sightings will be easy to dismiss or explain, but there are still a number of calls that have stumped scientists for years.
Jaques Patenet, an aeronautical engineer that heads the “office for the study of non-identified aerospatial phenomena” has said, “It is a world first.” He then went on to discuss some of the UFO sightings found on the website. One of the most outlandish reports Patenent mentioned is “the lady who reported seeing an object that looked like a flying roll of toilet paper.”
There was one case that at first seems quite interesting. This is because the UFO sighting had thousands of witnesses around France. The incident occurred on November 5, 1990 and witnesses described seeing flashing lights in the sky. However when the sighting was investigated it had a simple explanation. It had apparently been rocket fragments entering the earth’s atmosphere and burning up.
One of the most intriguing and mystifying UFO sightings in France happened on January 8, 1981 near the southern village of Trans-en-Provence. A man who was out working in his field reported the incident. The man states that he heard an unusual whistling sound and that he saw a saucer shaped object. The man estimated that the object was about eight foot wide and that is had landed about 50 yards from him. The man said that the UFO was dull-zinc grey in colour and that it took off again within seconds of landing. The UFO left burn marks in the man’s field. On receiving the sighting report investigators took samples for analysis from the site and also to photos of the burn marks left by the UFO.
When Patenet was questioned about the government having knowledge about extra terrestrial life he gave an answer that does not answer any questions. Patenet said, “We do not have the least proof that extra-terrestrials are behind the unexplained phenomena.” “Nor do we have the least proof that they aren’t.”
Each year France gets around 50 to 100 UFO sightings reported to the police. Around 10 percent of these sightings are subject to on site investigation.
Many other countries systematically collect UFO information. Two of the biggest collectors are the United States and the United Kingdom.
The website is currently extremely busy and the unexpected large amounts of traffic cause the server to crash shortly after launch. It has a wealth of information that would interest even the mildly intrigued. Expect the site to be busy and a little slow until it can make adjustments to service the traffic. At the moment you visitors to the site will be able to look at around 400 UFO cases. The rest of the files will be added over the next few months.