August 29, 1967
Location: Cussac, France
children saw a sphere-shaped UFO, 2 meters in diameter,
and "four little devils" on the ground. One
of the humanoid beings was bending over, apparently busy
with something on the ground, and another held a mirror-like
object. They were observed to levitate before quickly
entering the UFO and flying away. The UFO was said to
make a soft whistling sound and smelled of sulphur.
Artist Michael Buhler's impression of the Cussac encounter.
Another artist's impression of the Cussac UFO and occupants,
by Joël Mesnard, published
in "Phénomènes Spatiaux" n°16.
Claude Pavy of GEPAN (the offical French UFO study program)
in 1967, with the two children
at the site of the encounter.
Joel Mesnard and Claude Pavy, excerpt from FSR, Sept/Oct
from the original article]
strange account from the Cussac Plateau in France By Joel
Mesnard and Claude Pavy
from Phenomenes Spatiaux for June, 1968, by John C. Hugill
the Contal plateau, in a setting of pastures divided by
little stone walls and curtains of trees, a liny village
stands on a hill Cussac, 20 km. east-south-east
of St.-Flour. It is 10.30 a.m. on August 29, 1967. In
a meadow beside Route D.57, ten or so cows are grazing
in the care of Francois Delpeuch (13) and his sister Anne-Marie
(9) accompanied by their little dog Medor. The weather
is fine, the sky is clear, and a light wind is blowing
from the west.
the cows make a move to cross the low wall, Francois gets
up to bring them back, turns round and sees on the other
side of the road what he takes at first to be four children.
They are behind a hedge 40 metres or so away. He climbs
on top of a few stones to better see these children whom
he does not recognise. Francois and Anne-Marie make out,
near the strangers, a large sphere half hidden by the
hedge. It is very brilliant and shines so much, it is
painful to look at.
of the little beings is bending over and seems to be busy
with the soil, while another, holding in one hand an object
which reflects the sun (which Francois likened to a mirror),
is waving his hands, apparently making signs to his companions.
then called out, "Have you come to play with us?"
At this moment, the small beings, who did not seem to
be interested in the children, became aware that they
were under observation. The first one (see sketch) took
off vertically and then plunged head first through the
top of the sphere. The second followed in the same way,
and the third, after getting up, did likewise. The fourth
also got up, but before diving into the machine, came
down again and seemed to pick up something from the ground
(his mirror, Francois thinks). Then he took off again
and caught up with the sphere which, during this time,
had begun to rise in a small spiral, and was already 15
or so metres up in the air. He then disappeared inside
like the rest. When climbing, the sphere made a soft,
fairly piercing whistling noise, mingled with the sound
of a breeze which neither of the children felt.
sphere then made several more circles, climbing all the
while, and in doing so, the intensity of the light given
off by it increased considerably. Then the sound stopped
and the sphere flew off at full speed to the north-west.
At the same time, a smell of sulphur began to spread,
reaching the children. The cows started lowing and gathered
near to those of Francois and Anne-Marie.
dog Medor barked at the object and wanted to follow it.
The children did not see the object disappear, as they
had to look after the cows, which were very upset, and
which they drove home half an hour earlier than usual.
of the object are scanty. It was a perfect sphere, about
2 metres in diameter, of a very brilliant luminous silver
colour, and dazzling. Francois, who wears spectacles and
so, must have sensitive eyes, experienced running eyes
for a quarter of an hour after seeing the object, and
every morning on waking for several days afterwards. His
sister, who does not wear glasses, felt nothing.
details were noticed on the sphere itself; it was perfectly
smooth, without marking or visible opening. The little
beings seemed to pass through the wall of the sphere.
The only detail noticed, and one of the points of difference
in the children's stories, was by Anne-Marie. She says
she saw beneath the machine a landing gear consisting
of three or four straight legs, equipped with round "shoes"
10 cm. in diameter. They were no longer visible beneath
the machine in flight. Anne-Marie did not see them retract
into the machine. One minute, they were there; the moment
after, they were there no longer. It may be thought that,
as the machine rose and the intensity of the light increased
to a point where it was unbearable, the visible details
of the object would have been swamped by this dazzling
light, which would explain why Francois, with his sensitive
eyes, could not see the legs at the point of take-off,
since at that instance, the machine was very luminous.
smell of sulphur spread as the machine began to climb
in a spiral or, more precisely, helical course. The light
west wind was blowing from the object towards the children.
The cows started to low as soon as the machine moved off.
It may be noted that in sufficient concentration, ozone
has a smell which could be confused with that of sulphur
(i.e. of sulphurous gas) and that a smell of ozone has
already been noticed in a number of UFO landings.
of the small beings are more numerous and interesting.
They were 1-1.20 metres tall, not all of the same height.
Nos. I and 2 (see sketch) were the smallest, and the tallest
was No. 4, the one with a "mirror" in
his hand. They were "completely black",
but with a shiny look, which Francois compared to that
of silk. The children could not be certain whether the
colour was that of the beings' skin, or of some sort of
protective suit, for there was no visible dividing line
between any possible clothing and the heads of the beings,
which were bare. If there was a protective suit of some
kind, it was perfectly fitted.
limb proportions were not completely in accordance with
the norms of our species. The arms were somewhat too long
and thin (see sketches). The children could not distinguish
anything which might serve as hands. The legs were short
and thin. The head seemed of normal proportions relative
to the body, but the cranium was pointed and the chin
equally was very much accentuated. The nose also was pointed,
and here was a second point of difference in their stories...
they did not appear to wear any apparatus on their backs,
the beings flew with great ease and speed...
then went to Cussac where we found little Anne-Marie with
her mother and her younger brother, Andre, and were very
well received. We questioned Anne-Marie for nearly an
hour. There were two of us and we asked questions in turn,
in a continuous stream, reverting from time to time to
the same questions but differently formulated, in an effort
to try to make the child contradict herself. She is a
timid little girl, but she never once did so. After this
interrogation, she took us off to find her brother Francois
who was working in the fields with his other brother Raymond.
We walked back with Francois to his parents' home, interrogating
him as we had done his sister. He, too, never contradicted
himself. Again, when questioning them together, both at
home and at the scene of the incident, and asking them
ever more specific questions, we never saw any conniving
looks pass between them. They never seemed embarrassed
by our questions; either they had seen the detail asked
for, or they had not. For example, Francois told us: "From
the first day, Anne-Marie has said she saw legs beneath
the object, but I didn't see any, so I can't tell you
anything!" On this point, incidentally, he thinks
she mistook the branches of the hedge for "legs".
the above only strengthen the feeling, which we had had
throughout the enquiry, that we were confronted by a passionately
believed and deeply serious case, whose significance and
importance we could not overemphasise...