On Thursday, France became the first country to open its files on UFOs, when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists. The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported.
Jacques Patenet, the aeronautical engineer who heads the office for the study of non-identified aerospatial phenomena, said, "It is a world first, “he jokingly said that bogus reports are clearly not worth investigating, said Patenet, sampling that” case such as the lady who reported seeing an object that looked like a flying roll of toilet paper."
UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption, it is also known as OVNIs in French.
In at least one case involving thousands of people across France and evidence such as burn marks and radar tracking showing flight patterns or accelerations that defy the laws of physics are taken very seriously, also involving handful of sightings are in consideration.
An official explained, a phalanx of beefy security guards formed a barrier in front of the space agency CNES headquarters where the announcement was made to screen out uninvited UFOlogists.
Patenet said, of the 1,600 cases registered since 1954, nearly 25 percent are classified as "type D", meaning that "despite good or very good data and credible witnesses, we are confronted with something we can't explain," he added.