July 31, 1968
Location: Réunion Island (Indian Ocean), France
Luce Fontaine, age 31, a farmer on Reunion Island in the
Indian Ocean, was picking some grass for his rabbits when
he saw an object 5 meters in diameter, standing on a "glass
foot" like a goblet. It was only 25 meters away.
It was dark blue and through the window could be seen
two small individuals, only 3 feet tall, dressed from
head to foot in bulky coveralls, something like the Michelin
"tire man." There was a brilliant flash of light
and a few seconds later nothing was to be seen.
This sketch is reproduced from the drawing made on the
spot by the artist Gerard Piednoir
of the Journal de Vile de la Reunion, in collaboration
with the witness Mr. Fontaine himself. (credit: FSR)
Excerpt from FSR, Jan/Feb 1969
from the article]
CASUALTY ON REUNION":
article is taken from the November 1968 issue of the French
journal Lumieres dans la Nuit. Translation by Gordon Creighton.
SIGHTING of capital importance took place on the Island
of Reunion [which is situated in the Indian Ocean between
Mauritius and Madagascar] on the plain known as La Plaine
des Cafres. The date of the sighting was July 31, 1968,
and the time, 9.00 a.m.
witness, M. Luce Fontaine, is aged 31, a farmer, married,
with a family, his wife being a teacher. Everybody is
in agreement in considering him a serious, hardworking
man, who is completely worthy of trust.
says: "I was at [the] kilometre 21 [mark], in
a small clearing in the middle of a forest of acacia trees,
that morning, and I was bending down and picking some
grass for my rabbits when I suddenly saw a sort of oval-shaped
cabin in the clearing. It was 25 metres from me, and as
though suspended at a height of four or five metres from
the ground. The extremities of it were dark blue, the
centre part lighter, more transparent rather like the
windscreen of a [Peugeot] 404. Above and below it had
what looked like two glass feet of shining metal."
the centre of the cabin were two individuals with their
backs towards me. The one on the left turned right round
and so faced me. He was standing, small, about 90 centimetres
in height, enveloped from head to feet in a sort of one-piece
overall a bit like the suit worn by the 'Michelin man".
The one on the right simply turned his head round towards
me, but all the same, I had time to catch a glimpse of
his face, which was partly masked by a sort of helmet."
both turned their backs to me, and there was a flash,
as strong as the electric arc of a welding machine. Everything
went white around me. A powerful heat was given off and
then as it were a sort of blast of wind, and a few seconds
later, there was nothing there any more."
I approached the spot over which the object had been.
There were no marks. The object had a diameter of 4 or
5 metres and was about 2 1/2 metres measured through from
top to bottom. It was of a bluish colour, with white on
the upper and lower parts."
told my wife all about it, and then the Gendarmerie, and
everyone at once believed me."
was the first piece of testimony given by M. Fontaine,
and next day the enquiry began. He then explained more
precisely to the investigators that, seen "face-on",
the machine, egg-shaped in appearance, looked in fact
like two whitish saucers, shining like aluminium, placed
face to face.
Gendarmerie enquiry was conducted, in which they found
a certain degree of radioacivity in a radius of from 5-6
metres from the presumed scene of the near-landing, and
also even on the clothing worn that day by M. Fontaine.
(...) [And] it seems that Luce Fontaine had suffered some
effects from exposure to radiation...]