This French Town Has A Law Against Aliens

Posted: Nov 4 2016, 1:01pm CDT | by , in News | Also on the Geek Mind

This French Town has a Law Against Aliens
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If you are an alien looking for a place to vacation, you will not be able to go to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France. There has been a 62-year ban on extraterrestrials, and it shows no sign of changing. In fact, the current mayor, Claude Avril, won't overturn the ban, even though he admits that it is somewhat of a publicity stunt.

"I’m not going to touch the ban. It spices things up a bit. It creates a harmless kind of buzz, and no one is getting tricked," Avril told Anne Domece at France Bleu.

So why did this strange law even come into place?

In 1954, then mayor Lucien Jeune put a ban after a man reported that two men came out of a cigar-shaped UFO.

This sighting reportedly caused Jeune to enforce a new law, stating: "Any aircraft, known as flying saucer or flying cigar, which should land on the territory of the community will be immediately held in custody."

Here’s a picture of the decree:

According to the former mayor's son Eli Jeune, the ban was put in place to bring attention to the town because "alien sightings" were common. This all happened a few years after the famous Roswell incident and amidst all of the alien conspiracies.

"At that time, people were talking a lot about extraterrestrials and the unknown, it was in fashion, and there were loads of stories circulating," Jeune told France Bleu. "[The mayor] wanted to make a bit of an advertisement for Châteauneuf. It was an excellent publicity stunt... and free."

Châteauneuf-du-Pape isn’t the only place to have conspiracy theories like this.

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