No missile firing on the 11th ?
Immediately after the crash rumors spread that an unarmed missile from the nearby testing base had hit the plane. These rumors have persisted and grown stronger over the last 43 years. The french military have stated repeatedly in writing that no missile testing was in progress during that period. They have also stated that “no French missile was involved in the crash”, a peculiar wording?
3. No missiles were fired - either yes or no?
4. Zonex document clearly shows planned exercises (picture below). The section relating to the 11th September was intentionally blacked out .... and was only made readable recently by using modern photographic techniques.
To the non-military person the document does not mean much, to and experienced military person it says lots: On the left of this document below an exercise called FAS Poker between 10.30-16.30 is seen. One can presume that an exercise was planned, however in November 1968 in a detailed letter addressed to the investigators, the military make no mention of this exercise which consisted in the simulation of interceptions of a number of planes at an altitude of 20,000 ft.
The Zonex document below is a log of all military activity on the 11th September '68, an area of dark grey shows a section of the document that was intentionally blacked out with then intent of claiming no firings took place that day. Using modern photographic techniques the text underneath can now be seen. The Zonex from 11th September shows all military activities for the day of the 11th. It clearly shows missiles firings were planned from the base at Hyères. Other firings are also mentioned. This document was interpreted by a military expert who explained to the authors of "Secret d'Etat" Max Clanet et Jean-Michel Verne what the various annotations meant.