After a rash of UFO sightings across France in 1954, Lucien Jeune, mayor of the small southeastern village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, issued the following law:
Article 1. – The overflight, the landing and the takeoff of aircraft known as flying saucers or flying cigars, whatever their nationality is, are prohibited on the territory of the community.
Article 2. – Any aircraft, known as flying saucer or flying cigar, which should land on the territory of the community will be immediately held in custody.
Article 3. – The forest officer and the city policeman are in charge, each one in what relates to him, of the execution of this decree.
Jeune’s son Elie says the law was mostly a publicity stunt. Still, 62 years later, current mayor Claude Avri told news outlet France Bleu that he is “not going to touch the ban.”
When the first wave arrives, I’ll be on the next flight to Châteauneuf-du-Pape where I can watch the invasion while sipping a rich red.
“French Town Upholds 62-Year-Old Ban on UFOs” (Mysterious Universe)