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ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

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Case of Froeningue, on January 19, 1974:

Case number:



The GREI ufology group of Mulhouse had investigated a sighting in Froeningue of January 19, 1974 at 07:45 a.m.:

An unnamed woman was bringing her daughters to school when one of the girls drew the attention of her mother and sisters on a white ball, non-luminous, heading towards them while getting bigger.

Inside the circle were three fixed lights of green, red and yellow colors.

The object passed over them in a clear sky, coming from the direction of Hochstatt to head for Illfurth, without making any noise.


Temporal data:

Date: January 19, 1974
Time: 07:45 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2012
Reporting delay: Days, years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Froeningen
Place: Walking or driving to the school of Froeningue, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.690
Longitude: 7.268
Uncertainty radius: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 4 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 1 or more
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult and children.
Witness(es) types: A mother and her daughters.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Investigation by local ufology group GREI.
Type of location: Walking or driving, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: NL or DD
ALSACAT: Possible extraterrestrial craft, insufficient information.



Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that according to an investigation by the GREI of Mulhouse, in Froeningue, on January 19, 1974, at 7:45 a.m., Mrs. X. was driving her daughters to school when young M. called the attention of his mother and his [or her] sisters on a white ball, non-luminous; which was heading towards them while getting bigger.

Inside the circle were three fixed lights, green, red and yellow.

The object passed over them in a clear sky, coming from the direction of Hochstatt to head for Illfurth, without emitting any noise.



About Christian Valentin's book:

It is not at all my habit to "advertise" a book or anything, and I have no interested relationship with the author, but I wanted to say a word on the book by Christian Valentin, "Mythes et Réalités des Phénomènes Aériens Non Identifiés" (i.e. "Myths and Realities of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (cover on the left) , ref. [cv2]; which, as its subtitle indicates, is about Alsatian UFO sighting reports and the saucer lore in Alsace.

I think Alsatian ufologists and generally people interested in the UFO question, or in the history of Alsace, my region, would probably like this book.

The 144 pages book is sober but well presented, unbiased, richly documented and illustrated. It is the first work in print specifically about UFO sightings in Alsace. (There was another one a few years ago, but it was partly made by copying - pasting without mention of the sources, portions of my website, especially the Alsatians cases I almost exhaustively documented in my catalog of UFO sightings in France in 1954, and copies from another websites; the trivial explanations I proposed or gave there being almost always stripped off!)

The author does not want to prove or disprove the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors or some other so-called "extraordinary" explanation, he rather offers a chronologically ordered review of Alsatian UFO reports, starting from the origin and stopping in 1980, based on known sources ufology, on the articles of the regional Press, and cases less known or even unreleased so far that he collected directly with the witnesses. His own comments are printed in a different color, references to the sources are always given. A very nice work in my opinion!

The author currently has a blog where he shows what libraries in Alsace have the book available, see:


Taken at face value, the report is obviously about something of high strangeness: the ball is white but non-luminous. No noise is heard. It has steady colored lights inside, green, red, yellow.

This does not resemble a meteor, a balloon, the moon, a plane, etc.

On the other end, the information is quite thin, not much of a good "investigation report"; it looks more like a very brief summary of a witness statement. We do not know who was interviewed, when it took place; we do not know of any angular size, angular velocity, duration, etc.

Let's note the presence of the Moon in the sky, at 143° with a low height conductive to misunderstandings, of 9° - it rose at 6:19 a.m. Of course the Moon does not fly above people.


Above: the configuration of the mentioned location indicate the ball came from the direction of Hochstatt, passed above the witness going to the school of Froeningue, and went away in the direction of Illfurth. The heading is about 194°.


Possible extraterrestrial craft, insufficient information.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 18, 2015 Creation, [cvn2].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 18, 2015 First published.

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