French Government publishes UFO files

‘Je croi jai vu un UFO. Au secor, au secour, au secour.’ In a welcome move, the government of France has announced that it will be publishing some of its archives; with the caveat that the identities of the original ‘reporters’ will be kept secret. This, we are told, to stop the poor souls from being badgered to death by crazed Ufologists. From MSNBC:

‘The French space agency said it will publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.
Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Centre, said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.
He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them.’

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France to publish UFO archive online

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Damien DeBarra was born in the late 20th century and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He now lives in London, England where he shares a house with four laptops, three bikes and a large collection of chairs.

10 comments

  1. I can never understand this attitude towards France – after all, weren’t the American revolutionaries in an alliance with France in 1778, against the British? In fact, millions of $ in US national debt was owed to France after the revolutionary war, from monies provided for the war effort…
    Amazing, we can never do anything on blather.net without either being accused of being Anti-American, or somehow raising the ire of Americans against other countries.
    I’m sending this from the current location of the Blather High Commission – Brooklyn, NY.

  2. I am actually a big fan of France and the French… they have conviction.

    In reference to the American Rev… the French *did* kinda wait to join in an alliance as to see if the Colonists had an actual shot in hell at winning (smart on their part – who wants to join a losing team). And it wasn’t so much an alliance as a united front against the vile English… 😉 and, most likely saw it as an op to further their interest in the Americas… politics politics – just goes to show not much has changed in centuries – except of course the clothes.

  3. As long as we’re shipping shit back, let’s pack Miss Liberty with all the Choucroute garnie we can lay on hands on before we show her the door. Be fecking Swiss about it.
    Schnäbichätscher!!

  4. Ideals aside, you can usually find political motivation in any supposedly benevolent gov’t action: (as true then as it is today)
    From Wikipedia:
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_liberty)
    Discussions in France over a suitable gift to the United States to mark the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence were headed by the politician and sympathetic writer of the history of the United States, Édouard René Lefèvre de Laboulaye. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion. The idea for the commemorative gift then grew out of the political turmoil which was shaking France at the time. The French Third Republic was still considered as a “temporary” arrangement by many, who wished a return to Monarchism, or to some form of constitutional authoritarianism which they had known under Napoleon. The idea of giving a colossal representation of republican virtues to a “sister” republic across the sea served as a focus for the republican cause against other politicians.

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