Somewhere in northern France is a forest with a strange ambiance that may send an unexplained shiver up one’s spine. It could be the leaves that litter the unnaturally uneven forest floor. Or perhaps it is the mist that hovers above its open spaces in the autumn. Whatever it is, the sense of wrongness is accurate, for this forest is hiding one of Europe’s most dangerous places.
After all, authorities have labeled the 42,000-acre forest, which is found in hills near Verdun-sur-Meuse, “Zone Rouge,” or Red Zone. And Zone Rouge is a restricted area for good reason: it’s harboring deadly secrets.