After having examined the object at length at close range from top to bottom, the witness decided to move back and walk up the three stairs leading to his garden in order to examine the object from a higher perspective. When he reached his new position however, the object started moving upwards rather swiftly and went straight up back into the sky. The witness observed that, as the object rose, the grass under it seemed to be pulled upward only to fall back a few moments later.
The entire incident lasted over twenty minutes, as the witness was able to verify by checking his watch.
After the experience was over, he was shaken and felt unsure as to what to do next. Should he report the incident ? He decided to wait for the return of his wife from work. Upon her arrival at around 5pm, he told her what he had experienced and she agreed that the event should be reported to the local Gendarmerie. They thus headed there and he made a statement.
A few days later, the Gendarmerie forwarded the details of the incident to the GEPAN – the UFO investigating branch of the CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) - and subsequently, the GEPAN conducted an investigation and tested the vegetation in the vicinity of the purported position of the object, which had apparently undergone some transformations.
Several aspects of this case make it unique. For one thing, the witness was a cellular biology scientist with little to no interest in UFOs. For another, the witness’s garden is located in an enclosed area, which would make it hard for any person located outside his residence to see the object. In fact, from an elevated standpoint, such as the second floor of a surrounding building, had it been sighted – given its colour and peculiar texture – it might have only appeared to other observers like a small body of water, something like an elevated circular pond, and it would have aroused little suspicion or surprise. Nonetheless, it is extremely strange that the object precisely positioned itself over the witness's small garden as if to showcase itself - yet remain undetectable to others outside the witness’s location.
It is to be noted that the witness never contacted the media nor any UFO investigators regarding his experience - making it clear that the witness never sought any publicity. This is also why this case remains little known up to today.
Over recent years, this case was mentioned in a few French UFO documentaries and was also featured in an episode of the Canadian series “Close Encounters”. Unfortunately, the depiction as portrayed in the above TV series bears little resemblance to the actual event.