Who created this circle and why ? Image Credit: Gerard Benoit / Nicolas Benoit / Twitter
An intricate and impressive crop formation described as a 'Templar cross' has appeared in northern France.
While these days crop circles are generally believed to be the work of artists rather than alien visitors, the phenomenon still manages to generate quite a bit of interest whenever a new design shows up.
This latest example - which was discovered on July 5th in Vimy, near Lens, France - is no exception.
According to reports, it was first spotted by farmer Gerard Benoit while he was driving his tractor.
"I thought someone had damaged my wheat overnight, but then I realized it was forming a pattern," his son, Nicolas, told Euro Weekly News. "We've never seen a crop circle before."
"We saw a lot of people come to the field and we discovered that there were religious beliefs around it. People are crazy. They come to pray."
Unfortunately however, the family were forced to take steps to mitigate interest in the phenomenon when the sheer number of people arriving to see the crop circle threatened to swamp their farm.
"We are not a museum," said Nicolas. "The crop circles are beautiful, but for someone else."