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The 1954 French flap:

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December 10, 1954, Moloy, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 10-Dec-54-Moloy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1982, the ufology group ADRUP, of Dijon, published a catalog of all reports of flying saucer sightings published in the Dijon regional daily newspaper Le Bien Public.

An article of December 16, 1954, of this newspaper is reproduced, indicating that on December 10, 1954, around 7:30 in the morning, in the small town of Moloy, a resident claimed to have seen when he left his house to go to work, high enough in the sky, an immobile orange ball that changed direction three times, then disappeared quickly.

He had called his wife, and she and their daughter saw the curious phenomenon that lasted almost a minute.



WHY 1954?

The French flap of 1954 is today more than controversial.

Thus, A.D.R.U.P. wanted to make a compilation of all the documents published in a Burgundy daily newspaper:

"Le Bien Public".

The interest of this catalogue is triple:

  • A- to get back in the mood of that too famous year -
  • B- recall all the testimonies that appeared in the local press, whether they are good or bad. -
  • C- to be used as references for potential researchers of sociological or UFO character.

[... Other case...]

December 16: Again a saucer... in Molay [sic] this time! -

[... Other case...]


Who did not seen his saucer? The small town of Moloy has just awakened from the torpor in which seems to have fallen for some time the era of these mysterious machines. Last Friday, around 7:30 in the morning, a resident coming out of his house to go to work said he saw, quite high in the sky, an orange ball that was motionless at first and then, after having changed direction three times, disappeared quickly. His wife, called, as well as his daughter, could only observe, too, the curious phenomenon which lasted nearly a minute.


54 12 10 / MOLOY / 7:30 / NL / P /

A resident claims to have seen a motionless ball, which after having changed direction three times, disappeared quickly.

(Source : Bien public 12/16/54)


For lack of data and lack of investigation, it can be considered possible that these people misinterpreted something ordinary, such as a plane or a projector.


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Moloy, Côte-d'Or, motionless, ball, direction changed, three, fast, anonymous.


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