1. Wide of Bugarach sign with mountain peak, Pic de Bugarach, in background
2. Close-up of Bugarach sign
3. Tilt up from sign: (French) "Road closed" to police manning check point
4. Various of police checking cars
5. Wide of centre of Bugarach village
6. Close up of a UFO model hanging from a window, a Santa toy is draped over the top
7. Various of posters depicting UFO's on the door of a local home
8. Wide of child cycling through village
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Michele Pous, Bugarach resident:
"For many years Bugarach has been researched and that annoyed people a bit but nothing like this. But now for the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour."
10. Various of mounted police
11. Various of international journalists at the village
12. Wide of press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (French) �ric Freysselinard, Head of local government:
"The security force that we deployed and was shown in the media, in one part stopped new age enthusiasts, but also the curious people to come in the area. But you know with all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit."
8. Mid of Bugarach residents jokingly wearing large plastic funnels on their heads
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Eric, Surname not given, local resident:
"I really believe that all of this is a big joke, but we do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it. "
10. Mid of locals with funnels on heads waving to passing cars
Authorities are expecting several hundred people, mainly UFO enthusiasts and curious onlookers, to pour into the French village of Bugarach on Friday, Dec. 21, when some people predict civilisation as we know it will end.
The sleepy town nestled in the quiet region of the French Pyrenees mountains is rumoured to be the sole place on earth that will escape the destruction.
A giant UFO and an alien crew are said to be waiting under the mountain, ready to burst through and spirit those nearby to safety.
French authorities have established several checkpoints outside the village, barring potential doomsday fanatics from accessing the Pic de Bugarach mountain pea.
The approach to the peak is being guarded by French gendarmes.
"With all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit," said local government head �ric Freysselinard.
Local residents also appear to be losing their patience.
"For the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour," Jean Michele Pous, a local resident said.
But some who are making the most of the situation, preferring to see the humour in the situation.
"We do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it," a local resident named Eric said as he and friends donned white plastic funnel hats and waved at passers-by.
The Mayan calender marks the end of a 5,126-year-old cycle around Dec. 21, 2012, which brings the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation, according to the Mayan's stone tablet Monument Six.
The description was cited by many people as the evidence for the theory of "the end of the world." The Hollywood disaster blockbuster "2012" then added fuel to the fire, making the saying popular across the world.
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