At night, right before the declaration of WWI, a French settler was walking back home from the fields after turning on the irrigation valves when he watched a large luminous sphere flying over the fields and then land silently only a few feet from him.
Afraid, the witness quickly hid behind a hedge and was able to see several short figures exit the sphere. The figures wore helmets and light colored combination suits. These entities spread about on the field moving very quickly appearing to collect samples from the ground.
After a few minutes, the short figures re-entered the landed sphere, which then took off and quickly disappeared from sight.
The next day other neighboring farmers reported that they had seen a luminous sphere flying over the fields the night before.