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Video claims to show 3 UFOs landing in France

A witness claims that his video shows UFOs landing in a forest in southern France.

The witness, who runs a “UFOs & Disclosure” YouTube channel, uploaded this video on July 5 with the sensational title, “Disturbing UFO activity! 3 UFOs landing in Forest, July 2014.” Three aerial objects are visible, floating above the treeline in the distance. One of the three UFOs illuminates with flashes of light. Then, shortly after, a fourth object to the right of the original three objects also displays flashes of light.

UFOs in France

UFOs landing in a French forest. (Credit: WTFflow/YouTube)

The witness provided the following description with the video:

I filmed four UFOs over a forest in Dordogne, France. It was during a beautiful sunset. I looked between two houses to discover the nice sky, when I saw these objects. I had may Canon 700D in hands, hopefully I could record quickly! I think these objects were there since a long time. This is probably a landing. Indeed, the three objects seem to descend and get behind the trees…

I couldn’t know more about this event, this is a ghost village, only 50 inhabitants in the area. None of them was outside to witness these UFOs with me! I checked on Google map, and the forest in front of me is alone in the middle of huge lands. I don’t see how anyone else could have seen them too.. :-(

Type ➫ Dark round objects
Scale ➫ House-sized
Duration ➫ ~30 seconds
Color(s) ➫ Black
Light(s) ➫ Yes, two
Speed ➫ Really slow
Filmed with ➫ Canon 700D + 50mm F/1.8

It is unclear why the witness found this incident “disturbing,” especially considering that other videos allegedly filmed by him, like a “Massive UFO Flying Saucer” landing on Earth, and a “Huge UFO Patroller filmed Landing on Mountain,” are much more shocking.

French daily newspaper Sud Ouest reportedly attempted to contacted GEIPAN, a department of the French Space Agency that investigates unidentified aerospace phenomena, to get an opinion on the UFO video. But, apparently, GEIPAN could not be reached for comment.

News website The Local asserts that, so far, “scientists have been unable to come up with an explanation” for the aerial objects in the video.

But the behavior and appearance of these objects is consistent with that of hot air balloons. Although some have commented that hot air balloons “don’t land in the forest,” it is impossible to determine the exact landing location from the witness’s vantage point. And, hot air balloons are actually a common tourist activity in that area of France.

Hot air balloon

A hot air balloon over southern France. (Credit: France Montgolfières Balloon Company)

The France Montgolfières Balloon Company operates flights all across the country, flying an average of 7,000 passengers a year. So, although the video could depict something much more mysterious, the likely identification in this case is hot air balloons.

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

3 comments

  1. avatar

    Clearly hot air balloons. Ex pat Northern Irish living “Chez les Ch’tis” in northern France, and from first reasonable weather days of spring, the sky here is dotted with mongolfliers looking exactly the same. Their slow speed (or not depending on wind/thermals) is identical to this video.

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    Appeared to drop far too fast to be a hot air balloons.

  3. avatar

    i live in Mandelieu, in the French Riviera, and that very same day i saw with my twin brother several bright lights in formation, looking like a christmas tree formation, the lights were equidistant to eath others, hovering by the ocean line right over the rooftops in the distance! Too coherent move in the whole formation to be submitted to the wind weather conditions. It was just something very out of the ordinary. Didier.

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