In the winter of 1967 or 1966, myself and my girlfriend were sitting in my car on a rural mountain near Vaucouleurs, Lorraine, France and we saw what was first thought of as a shooting star or a comet moving horizontially from our left to right, approximately 45° across the sky and then just stopped to our right, after about a half minute of watching it.
It was motionless for about. 20 seconds and then just shot up verticly to abt. 80° degrees instantanously and again was motionless. It appeared to be way above our atmosphere. At that time we became frightened and left the area and returned to Vaucouleurs.