An encounter in the French highlands one morning in the summer of 1967 not only drew the attention of UFO investigators but, for a time, the national French media. Although the two witnesses were only children, something that many skeptics would point to as reason to doubt their claims, each would tell the same story again and again with no variation. Indeed, over the years that followed, they would leave many UFO researchers who spoke with them directly in no doubt whatsoever as to their authenticity.
Furthermore, the two children, along with their other siblings were well-known and well-liked in the town where they lived. Further still, their father was the serving mayor of Cussac at the time of the sighting. So convinced was he of the authenticity of the children’s accounts that he immediately contacted the police, regardless of the adverse publicity it might generate. Such action from someone in such a potentially precarious public position is perhaps a testament to how genuine he believed the encounter to be.
As we will look at later, several other similar sightings occurred in France around the same time as the Cussac incident. All with similar details of strange figures dressed in black or dark clothing, and/or of strange glowing spheres in the skies overhead.
Early Morning On The Cussac Plateau
It was around 8 am on the bright, sunny morning of 29th August 1967 on the Cantal Plateau in the French commune of Cussac. 13-year-old Francois and his 9-year-old sister, Anne-Marie, along with the family dog, Medor, were herding ten cows across the open land for the morning. It was a warm, clear day, but due to their elevation, a fog hugged the ground for a time. And the wind, when it blew, was biting.
To pass the time the siblings would play cards and talk, all the while keeping a watchful eye on the family herd. At around 10:30 am, Francois noticed several of the cows attempting to cross a low wall that led into a neighbor’s land. He quickly got up, issuing commands to Medor to round up the herd and bring them back from the wall.
As he was doing this, however, he noticed four small figures in an adjacent field. He believed they were children, although his sight was obscured by a hedge at the edge of the field. He climbed on to some large stones in order to see over the hedge and get a better look. When he did, though, he became even more puzzled as to who these mystery “children” were. They all adorned strange, black clothing which had a “silken look” to them. Bizarrely, and a little unnerving for him, he couldn’t make out any type of facial features at all. He would estimate they stood at around three feet tall, although two of them were distinctly smaller than that. He would describe their heads as normal size, although their limbs were longer than normal.
As he continued to watch the group he noticed them picking up “samples” from the ground.
Floating Into The Sphere
Although Francois was now certain these strange creatures were not children, Anne-Marie, possibly due to her younger age, still very much did. So much so that she suddenly called out, “Do you want to play with us?” As soon as the question was fired across, the four creatures, now realizing they were being watched, dove behind the nearby hedge and took cover.
Next to the mysterious group was a shining “brilliant sphere” now visible to the to two onlookers. The brightness of this orb was such that neither Francois or Anne-Marie could look at it directly for very long.
Then, much to their astonishment, one of the strange figures jumped into the air, maintaining its height as if it had an invisible rocket-booster on its back. It hovered over the glowing sphere and then went head first into it and disappeared. Another figure quickly followed suit, as did a third.
Then, the lone remaining figure, with the sphere now beginning to rise from the ground, appeared to concentrate on the ground as if picking something up. Francois noticed it appeared to be a mirror-like device that he had seen it holding earlier. With the shining object in its hand, the fourth figure caught up to the sphere, which now moved in a spiral motion, and dove into it as the other three had.
As the glowing globe continued to rise, now around fifty-feet from the ground, a soft “whistling noise” emanated from it. At the same time, a strong smell of Sulphur hit both of their nostrils. Medor barked anxiously and the herd was increasingly unsettled.
Official Reports And Media Attention
The two children were torn between the need to round up the agitated cattle, and watching the glowing sphere, now increasing in speed as it moved away from them into the sky. Within thirty seconds it had vanished from their sight.
The two children quickly rounded up the cattle and returned them to the family farm. Their father, the Mayor of Cussac, immediately noticed the agitated state of Medor and the herd. As well as the apparent shock and confusion of his children. They would tell him of the “devils” who floated away in the glowing sphere. In response, he would contact the local police, who he incidentally knew and got on with very well. They would arrive at around 4 pm, several hours after the encounter earlier that morning.
They would, with the children and their father, go to the scene of the sighting. The smell of Sulphur was still strong. There was also a yellowed patch of grass near the hedge where the children claimed to have seen the group. It measured around fifteen feet across.
The police would record the incident with their superiors. It would ultimately appear in the local, and then national French newspapers. It is, however, still unexplained.
A “Significant And Important” Case!
Several UFO investigators would examine the incident over the following decade. And while there is very little doubt about the authenticity of the two witnesses, doubt remains, to some, as to whether the incident is a genuine extraterrestrial close encounter. Incidentally, and to the children’s credit, they have not once varied in their telling of the incident. That they witnessed something is quite apparent.
When UFO investigators, Joel Mesnard and Claude Pavy, visited the children several weeks later, they would interview them separately. They had also purposely asked the same questions in different ways to test the genuineness of their accounts. Each told the same version, and neither contradicted themselves or the other. Mesnard and Pavy would state their belief in the children’s account. And furthermore, that the “significance and importance” of the case shouldn’t be dismissed.
While their age, as well as them being the only witnesses leads some to cast doubt on the details of the incident, one corroborating witness surfaced during the initial investigation into the case. A “rural policeman”, who although not at the scene, would state to hearing “a strange whistling” sound near the area of the sighting at roughly the same time the children said the incident took place.
France, like many countries, has a particularly long history of UFO sightings. Several of which would take place in 1967.
What Was Happening In France, 1967?
Whether or not there is a connection to the incident in Cussac, 1967 saw several interesting UFO encounters unfold. For example, in August, in Roanne, around 11 pm, a witness would report a “dark humanoid figure” outside their property. As they continued to watch, this figure approached a “dark disc” which hovered at the edge of nearby woodland.
Only the previous month on 17th July, in Arc-sous-Cicon, several children would witness strange creatures “with protruding stomachs” and “dressed in black suits”. They would further state that they moved very fast “without touching the ground”. When the strange figures disappeared, the children would discover a “circle of burnt grass” where they were standing. Even more intriguing, an agricultural worker had witnessed these strange creatures on two consecutive days. The 14th and 15th July, leading to the children’s sighting.
Although the exact date is unknown other than it happened in 1967 in Seine et Marne, a farmer witnessed a saucer-shaped craft hovering silently over his land. According to his report, the top of the craft featured a “transparent dome”. Through this, he could see several small figures dressed in dark blue clothing.
On the evening of 6th January 1967, about eight months before the Cussac encounter, at around 11 pm in Aveyron, “six luminous spheres” were witnessed flying over the town. Even stranger, a “luminous shaft of light” emerged from the underside of one of the strange crafts reaching the ground. According to the witness, within this bizarre column of light was a humanoid figure.
Check out the video below. It is a recent UFO sighting from France in 2014. And while not connected to the above, is still of interest. And perhaps proof that UFO activity remains high.
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