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Official, France:

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.

The case of La Fère, 1954:

This document was reproduced in the ufological literature long ago.

Brigade of La Fère, section of Laon, compagny of the Aisne.


We report on our visit to the PC of the major commanding the 1/15 RA [Artillery Regiment], who specifies us the following facts: the events occurred inside the Drouot district and the investigation is done by captain L[-], security officer of the 1/15 RA. We are put in touch with the captain in charge of the investigation.

Captain L[-] informs us on the information that he collected and reads for us some extracts of his report that are as follows:

On October 6, 1954, at approximately 09:30 p.m., gunner D. Robert, guard of material of the battery of command, sees, from his room, a gleam. He goes outside and crosses 50 meters. He has the sudden feeling to be stopped by a strange and powerful force which freezes him on the spot, prohibiting any reaction from him.

He sees at this time, at a few meters in front of him, a very luminous object in the shape of a shell of 80 cm approximately in height and, on the right, another object plated on the ground, of poorly definined shape.

At the same moment, gunner D. Robert hears a sound comparable to a command which causes to gather the ogival shape. The multicoloured craft rises in the atmosphere in a very luminous purple flash, being transformed at one time to a ball of fire before disappearing. The rise of the object was of the order of ten seconds, a duration during which gunner D. Robert had the impression to be taken in a very intense ray of light. Having recovered his movements, gunner D. Robert immediately joined his room in such a state of stupor that he remained unable to pronounce the least word during a quarter of hour.

The gunner Mr. Bernard, outgoing in his turn, is invaded by strange gleams, which forbid him to approach the indicated location.

The gunners P. Louis and Mr. Pierre, in guard duty at the ammunition storage located at 300 or 500 meters from there, state to have seen, at approximately 09:30 p.m., two very luminous flashes which impressed them.

Only for the purpose of remaining objective, is must be noted that gunner D. Robert, before leaving his room, read Radar magazine, which refers to the flying saucers. It may be that impressed by these accounts the gunner was victim of a hallucination.

This man appears of sound mind and very sincere in his statements.

Case file here.

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