France’s hitherto obscure unit responsible for collating sightings and field investigations of flying saucers – more correctly known as unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAP) – is to place its archives on line.

GEIPAN, part of French space agency CNES, is to reveal the contents of more than 100,000 documents of official UAP police reports, statements by witnesses to bizarre scenes and even colourful hand-drawn diagrams resembling children's artwork on its web site. The site was inundated as soon it went live last week and crashed. GEIPAN asks for “patience” while it “simplifies the search engine”.

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A UAP "sighting" in Fragnale, France, in 1952 recorded in the GEIPAN files

In a chilling admission the agency also reveals that of the 1,600 case histories, a significant number of what it calls "Type D" phenomena remain a mystery”. Type D phenomena are those that cannot be explained despite precise witness accounts and “good quality evidence recovered from the scene”.  

GEIPAN adds that it is putting its material on-line “to focus the attention of the scientific community on these unexplained phenomena, which could conceal truly revolutionary scientific discoveries”.


Piled up, the 100,000 pages would, says GEIPAN, “easily stand as high as a three-storey building”.