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In France, there is still no equivalent of the Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) as it is now applied to some official UFO information in the majority of other countries, USA, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy etc. In France, and only in theory, information is supposedly possibly accessible 60 years after its date. (Thus 2014 for UFO cases of 1954 etc). It is only if you are "Somebody of Importance" such as TV journalist Jean-Claude Bourret in the 70's, or if you have "Friends Inside", or if you beg enough, that you can maybe pick up some documents.

A witness reports a close encounter to the gendarmerie in 1976:

This document was reproduced in the ufological publicly litterature long ago.

The sketch by the witness:


The sighting report:

Report by Mr. [...], aged 5[x], farmer, living in Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs (Isère) at the location Le Maté:

This day, November 25, 1976, around 6:45 a.m., I left my residence. I drove my vehicle on the Saint-Marcellin road, then on minor raod 518, then I took minor road 180 in direction of Saint-Pierre-de-Bressieux (38). at the location Les Arprennières, I left my vehicle in parking on the grassy verge on the left compared to my direction. I know the area, because I often come to hunt. This morning, I sought a place to put me at the mounting. My gun dog was locked up in the trunk of my car. I left the car and stood close to the door. I explored the area. The weather was slightly misty, but there was a good visibility because I saw the slopes of Saint-Michel-de-Saint-Geoirs (38). The day was to come soon. It was about 7 or 7:10, because at this time I heard the Caravelle scheduled flight leaving the airport of Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs.

It is by looking at the slopes of Saint-Michel-de-Saint-Geoirs that I believed to see a chimney fire around this community. I saw a red gleam which scintillated with sparks. Being far from any village, I could not call upon the firemen. The day rising, I said to myself that this fire had had to be located by an inhabitant of this community and that the necessary had been done. I took my shotgun in my vehicle, I threw a glance and the chimney fire had disappeared. That lasted a few seconds. From my position, I dominated the departmental road 130 B which went down towards the minor road 518. Again, my attention was drawn by a light which scintillated, sort of like headlights of the vehicles of the Road Services. This light was towards the minor road 518 and it came towards me. I immediately thought of the Road Services. I followed this light with my eyes and, when it was at approximately fifty of meters of me, I changed opinion. It was not any more the gyrophare of the Highways Departments, but a light standing 10 meters above the ground. I did not seek to know what that was, I did nothing but follow it with my eyes. When this light was at 10 or 15 meters of the ground, i.e. at 10 or 15 meters from me, all of a sudden, this thing swivelled of a quarter of turn. I was in the presence of an object of elongated shape, kind of like a fish or a cigar of approximately 2 meters long, of a diameter from 45 to 50 centimetres. The cylindrical fuselage was incandescent permanently and an intermittent incandescent gleam propagated on all this object.

This object was motionless at 10 meters from the ground. Flames escaped from the fuselage, emitted without noise. I counted at least 5 lines of small squares from 4 to 5 cm on the side on all the fuselage in the part which was visible to me. On this same part, at the front, there was a port-hole of a diameter of 20 cm.

The unit radiated without stop. It does not seem to me to have seen the ground lit by the gleam of this object. I was not afraid, I was armed. On the mpment, I did not think of a UFO, I rather believed in a military secret machine. I did not want to shoot, I did not want to have troubles with the army. I observed it during ten seconds, then I said to myself: "It may be better for me to scram before something happens, one never knows." Without losing sight of the the object, I returned in my vehicle then I closed the door. At this time, the machine moved in the direction of the south, and its speed was 50 to 60 km/h, without any noise and always emitting a red gleam on all the fuselage. I lost sight of this object at the very moment when it had crossed the top of the slope in the south. I specify that my dog barked at no time. I did not panic, being armed. I am the only witness, I did not see anybody in the area. It is the first time that I see such a thing and I continued my shooting party after that, but one kilometer away. My intention was to keep my adventure for me. I did not want to be ridiculed and I wanted to avoid the journalists.

While returning at my home, towards 8, I told my story to my wife. I could not keep it for mayself, this thing worried me. My wife invited me to report at the gendarmerie. I did not want to see you earlier because I did not want to bother you with my story. This afternoon, my wife ended up convincing me. I was never sick, I was only treated three years ago for a mitral insufficiency, my heart beat too slowly. I go on the spot with you to indicate the site to you and the direction taken by this object. I give you a sketch with the details corresponding to the characteristics seen on this object.

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