The police found the boy hiding on May 21 and questioned him about what he was doing.
He told police a man who was "european looking, aged in his thirties, of muscular build with a height of around 1.70 [5'6''] and a vertical scar on his right cheek" abducted him from the neighboring town of Bagnols.
The boy also described the car and the clothing his captor was wearing. He said he escaped the car in Saint Gervais before police found him.
The boy only admitted his falsehood after police scoured through Bagnols CCTV images for the "kidnapper" and started to get suspicious.