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France is a country in Western Europe. The capital city is Paris. It ranks in the top 10 in GDP.

UFO situation[edit | edit source]

France is one of The Big Five in the United Nations. In the mid 1970s, the United Nations addressed the UFO phenomenon. The UN “adopted a resolution in 1978 asking all nations to pay close attention to the UFO problem.”[1] In responce, France developed their ‘first unit for UFO study’ called GEPAN, under the direction of the Institute of Advanced Studies for National Defense (IHEDN), who would later be responsible for publishing the Cometa Report.[2]

In 1992, considered ‘the international year of space’, the United Nations had again brought up the UFO issue, with the address: “It has been reported that so far some 400,000 people over the world have claimed to have witnessed UFOs.”[1]

Thus, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States engaged in secret UFO studies in the “interests of national defence”. France utilised members of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN), The UK directed Project Condign, and the US contracted Robert Bigelow (NICAP).

France produced what has become known as the Cometa Report, an in-depth UFO study from 1997 to 1999. "COMETA" stands for "Committee for in-depth studies", published on Friday July 16, 1999. They published the ninety-page report for French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, before public release. The report was titled UFOs and Defense: What must we be prepared for? ("Les Ovni Et La Defense: A quoi doit-on se préparer?").[2]

France was the first country to open its UFO files, which happened in March 2007.[3] GEIPAN, under the national space agency,[4] unveiled a website documenting more than 1600 sightings spanning five decades, reports New Scientist magazine.[3]

UFO cases[edit | edit source]

Cometa Report cases:[2]

  • Tanarive (1954)
  • Valensole (Maurice Masse, 1965)
  • Cussac, Cantal (1967)
  • Colonel Bosc, fighter pilot (1976)
  • M. Giraud, pilot of Mirage IV (1977)
  • J.-P. Fartek (1979)
  • Trans-en-Provence (1981)
  • Nancy (the "Amaranth" case, 1982)
  • Russian missile site UFO sighting (1989)
  • Air France flight AF 3532 (Jan 1994)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 CIA.gov, China UFO Society meets; to continue scientific study, [unclassified, Aug 1997]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cufos, The French Report on UFOs and Defense: A Summary By Gildas Bourdais
  3. 3.0 3.1 New Scientist, France opens up its UFO files, 22 March 2007
  4. Wikipedia, GEIPAN

Resources[edit | edit source]

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