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The French SEPRA:

A sample communiqué from the SEPRA. This is about a case of Voreppe in France, witnesses videotaped an alleged UFO and reported to the Gendarmerie (the police branch of the army), Gendarmerie contacted SEPRA and they started an investigation.

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CNES Press announcement
Paris, September 11, 1998

An unidentified flying object located in the Isère

The National Space Studies Center [Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales] (CNES), through its Service of Expertise of Atmospheric Re-entries Phenomena [Service d'Expertise des Phénomènes de Rentrées Atmosphériques] (SEPRA, of the sub-office Exploitation and Operational Systems) made an intervention on Tuesday, September 8, 1998, upon a call by the Gendarmerie in Voreppe (Isère) following the observation of an unidentified phenomenon in the sky of this city, recorded with the help of a video-camera by one of the witnesses on Sunday, September 6, 1998.

Note: The Voreppe object was later identified by SEPRA as a balloon with an misleading unusual shape.

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