French ufologists are studying a UFO encounter four men had in a rural area about 72 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Paris. The incident took place near Grisy-les-Platres on January 10, 1998.
D. Bruno, 62, a retired aviation technician for Air France, went on a hunting trip that day with three companions. In two cars, the men drove north on Chaussee (local road) D27. As they approached Grisy-les-Platres, Bruno reported, "I noticed before me a series of lights as bright as the moon. This was very intriguing as the disposition of the lights in the sky was very strange.
"As we approached the object, we wondered what it could be. It resembled nothing within the scope of our knowledge.The lights consisted of linear luminous portholes [measuring] 5 by 3 meters, spaced on an enormous black mass that was an estimated 45 meters (139 feet) wide, according to my professional experience.
"The object was at the treetops at a height of 20 meters (67 feet) and hovering over the road. It must have weighed thousands of tons.
"I opened my (side) window in order to hear the sound. I leaned forward the looked underneath the object. The object was truly enormous and blocked my view of the sky.
"There was a central part of the vast construction that was a lighter shade of gray than the rest, and I thought that it might be a sort of tire -- it was clearly octagonal. I could plainly see more of the enormous lights beneath it. From that moment on, however, I remember no more of what happened."
The next thing Bruno knew, he was driving on D27 four kilometers (2.4 miles) past Grisy-les- Platres.
"I stopped the car and was startled to find that I was three kilometers past our rendezvous point. My colleagues were also in the same bizarre state."
On January 23, 1998, thirteen days after the UFO encounter, Bruno added, "I consulted a doctor when traces of burns suddenly appeared on the left side of my face and following an eye infection."
[Mr. Bruno's account, involving multiple witnesses of good repute and indications of missing time, is a rarity in France, possibly due to a tendency among leading French ufologists to characterize such encounters as likely of psychological origin rather than physically real.]
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