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Today is a day that Ufologists have waited for their entire lives. The French government announced on Thursday that they were officially releasing all of their files on UFO investigation.
CNES is the French version of the US's SETI Project. They have been investigating UFO occurrences in France and other countries for over fifty years. CNES was one of the first organized UFO research groups in the world. The goal of the group was to be the first to release definite proof of the existence of alien life. The French government has never cut funding for this project.
In an unprecedented move, the French government ordered CNES back in October to have all of their files ready for release by April of this year. CNES reported earlier this week that they were ready now. The government told them to release all of the files, with no exception immediately. The French government has been more open to releasing information to the public then any other major country in the world. The government of France has also opened an open challenge to all other nations to release their information also.
The documents contain over 1000 files on UFO cases that have been researched by the French government. The files include pictures of possible UFOs, eyewitness accounts, field journals, and inter-governmental documents on those sightings.
Unlike many governmental documents that have been released online, the documents are not filled with black marks to cover what they don't want you to see.
Top-secret details about hundreds of sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects are to be released for public viewing in response to the nation's continuing fascination with the subject.
Top-secret details about UFO sightings are to be released to the public
The Ministry of Defence will release a total of 160 files dating back to that time to the National Archives in Kew.
The first files will be made available in Spring 2008 and the process is expected to take three years.
The MoD has received reports of over 10,000 UFO sightings since the UFO project was set up in 1950.
After investigation, around 5 per cent remain unexplained. According to Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO project from 1991 to 1994, some of the sightings are "highly credible".