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October 10, 1954, Blainville, Eure-et-Loir:

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

Summary:

The two French ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon reported in their 1979 book a case that they say came from La Gazette Française for October 16, 1954:

On October 10, 1954, at 06:15, Michel Toutain was riding a bicycle from Marville-Moutier to Blanville in Eure-et-Loir (actually Blainville), when he had the impression that his bike was no longer advancing, although he tried to pedal hard so that he could leave.

So he got off the bike, turned his bike over and checked the gear, which showed no problem. He got back on his bike but it was impossible for him to advance.

At this moment, his attention was attracted by a luminous object on his right at a distance of 500 meters. It was shaped like a red ball and a greenish part resembling a "washer lid" was above the ball, 4 meters higher.

Between this greenish "cover" and the red ball, there were four silhouettes, and a luminous spot that changed color when the whole started to move. At the moment of a sudden change of direction, the light became green then pink during a horizontal movement, and it became white, then blue when the object gained altitude.

When it left far from sight, it looked like a luminous ball splitting into two parts.

The observation lasted a quarter of an hour, and during all this time, the witness was trying to cycle forward, only managing to cross two hundred meters.

Another witness, Mr. Josse, who was passing in his truck at the height of a small wood saw this luminous ball move away, at the end of observation.

Just before, also in 1979, the two "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker gave a short version of the alleged incident, giving the same source, and explained that the "mayor of the country", friend of the Mr. Toutain, had advised them to "drop" the case, that there was "nothing serious in it, he was a big joker and in addition, always between two glasses."

Reports:

[Ref. bbr2:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

It is near a locality of the Eure et Loir, Marville Moutier Brûlé (3), that Monsieur Michel Toutain claims to have observed an unidentified phenomenon which had for effect to immobilize his bicycle! In the thickness of the craft, he believed he distinguished four silhouettes. At the time of its disappearance, the object split in two parts. That was on October 10 at about 6:15.

[... other cases...]

At Marville, the witness is deceased, the mayor of the country, friend of Monsieur Toutain, advised us to "drop it": "There is nothing serious in this, he was a big joker and what's more, always drinking."

[... other cases...]

3. « La Gazette Française », for October 16, 1954.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two French ufologists report in their book that on October 10, 1954, at six fifteen, Michel Toutain was riding his bicycle from Marville-Moutier to Blanville in the Département of Eure-et-Loir, when he felt that his bicycle did not advance any more, although he tried to pedal with strength to set the bicycle in motion again.

His efforts being useless, he put foot on the ground, turned his bicycle upside down and checks the mechanism, which does not show any problem. He tries again to ride his bicycle but he still found impossible to advance.

At this time, his attention is drawn to a luminous object which is on his right at a distance of 500 meters. The object has the shape of a red ball and a greenish part resembling the "lid of a boiler" is above the ball, 4 meters higher.

Between this greenish "lid" and the red ball, there are four silhouettes, and a luminous point which changes color when the whole starts to move. At the time of a sudden change of direction, the light becomes green, then it becomes pink during a horizontal displacement, and becomes white, then blue when the object takes altitude. When it disappears from view, it seemed to be a luminous ball separating in two parts.

The observation lasted a quarter of an hour, and during all this time Michel Toutain tried to advance on his bicycle while succeeding progressing only two hundred meters.

Another witness, Mr. Josse, who passed with his truck at the height of a small wood, saw this luminous ball departing at the end of the observation.

The authors indicate that the source is "La Gazette Française" for 10/16/1954.

[Ref. agd1:] ALAIN GAMARD:

October lOth., 1954: 06.15 hours. Marville-Moutier Brulé (Eure-et-Loire).

Witness: Michel Toutain.

Refs: La Gazette Francaise, 16.10.1954.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

This ufologist noted:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
163 CE3 10 10 1954 06. 15 Marville-Moutier-Brûlé 2B 100 C3 Presse NI OVNI: p. 141

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 10, 1954, Mr. Michel Toutain of Marville-Moutier-Brûlé in the department of Eure-et-Loir "saw his bicycle "refusing" to advance, apparently immobilized by an odd luminous object!"

The witness put foot at ground when his bicycle refused to advance, he ensured of the correct operation of the shifting track, went up on the saddle but the bicycle had the same problem. He then noticed at approximately 500 meters a luminous object in the shape of a red ball surmounted by a "greenish boiler lid". He wanted to make a half-turn to alert people in Blanville but only succeeded to go 200 meters in a quarter of an hour.

The source is indicated as "Figuet page 142."

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, on October 10, in France, in Marville-Moutier-Brule, "At 6:15 Michel Toutain rides by bicycle towards Blanville, when his machine seems struck of inertia, in spite of the efforts of its owner. Intrigued, he puts foot at ground. He turns his bicycle over, checks the shifting track, goes up on the saddle: impossible to advance. Within 500m from there on the right, a luminous object then catches his attention. It is a red ball with, at 4 m above this one a greenish part resembling a boiler's lid. Between this cockpit which shelters four silhouettes, a luminous point changes color in connection with the movements that this unit is then starting to do. During a sudden change of direction it becomes green, then pink during a horizontal displacement, and disappears by taking altitude while becoming blue. During all this time, a quarter of an hour approximately, the witness always struggles with the bicycle, which crosses only 200m. At the time of the disappearance of the object, a luminous ball split in two parts. Mr. Josse, who passed by with his truck at the height of the small wood saw the final phase of this observation."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, Premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 141, 142"

[Ref. fgi2:] FRANCIS GATTI:

- Another example showing that our knowledge as regards gravitation is extremely thin: "On October 10, 1954, Mr. Michel Toutain, of Marville-Moutier-Brûlé (Eure-et-Loir), saw his bicycle "refusing" to advance, immobilized apparently by an odd luminous object!" We do deal here with a gravitational field more powerful localised in a small space and overlapping in the natural field of terrestrial gravitation. The many cases of engine stall which represent an important constant of the UFO file testify that the control of gravitation is an absolute truth for the hyper-advanced humanoids of the universe.

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

127.
Location. Marville-Moutier France
Date: October 10 1954
Time: 0615A

Michel Toutain driving his moped towards Blanville when it suddenly stops and does not advance, seemingly stuck in inertia, in spite of all the efforts by Michel the moped did not budge. He checks the engine and then notices about 500 meters to his right, a luminous object, resembling a red sphere, with a green upper section resembling the lid on a boiler. He sees a cockpit with four silhouettes standing inside. A light within the cockpit turns on at first becoming green, then pink and as the object disappears gaining altitude it becomes white and then blue. As the object disappears from a sight, a luminous ball seems to detach itself from it and travels in a different direction. A second witness, Mr. Josse saw the object depart.

HC addendum
Source: Figuet, J L Ruchon
Type: A

[Ref. fbn1:] FABRICE BONVIN:

Fabrice Bonvin notes:

Case #020: 10/10/1954, p. 141 (Marville-Moutier-Brule)

[Ref. fbn2:] FABRICE BONVIN:

In a table, Fabrice Bonvin notes selected cases of the 1954 Frnech flap, including this one:

Case Nmbr witnesses Hours Type objects
Marville-Moutier-Brule 2 2 1

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4045: 1954/10/10 06:20 10 1:24:00 E 48:41:00 N 3333 WEU FRN E&L A:6

MARVILLE-MOUTIER-BRULE,E&L,FR:BIKE HITS INVISBL WALL:4M SCR:4 FIGS IN SHRUBS

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 141 : PASTURE

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Eure et Loir in Marville Moutiers Brulé on October 10, 1954 at 06:15 hours, "That morning, the main witness moves towards Blanville by bicycle, when, suddenly, his machine seems struck of inertia refusing to advance in spite of its owner's efforts. The latter, intrigued, puts foot at ground. He turns his bicycle over, ensured of the correct operation of the shifting track, then goes up on the saddle... to run up once again against the same phenomenon of immobilism. His attention is then drawn on his right by an odd luminous object being at a distance of 500 meters. The phenomenon is composed of a red ball with, above, a greenish part resembling a boiler's lid. Between this cockpit, which shelters four silhouettes, a luminous point changes color, in connection with various movements which this apparatus is then carrying out. During a sudden change of direction the gleam becomes green, then while moving horizontally, it takes a rosy color, finally, the craft disappears by taking altitude. The gleam, at this precise time becomes blue. During the few minutes of observation which seem to him rather long, the witness always struggles with his bicycle, trying to reach Blanville, three kilometers in the north, in order to alert other people. But unfortunately, despite all his efforts, he rides only a distance of 200 meters in a quarter of an hour. At the time of the disappearance of the object, a luminous ball divided into two parts the witness sweeps his eyes with a handkerchief in order to better realize. He does not specify if the headlight of its bicycle were lit and if it stopped functioning. Another witness who passed by, at the steering wheel of his truck, at the height of the little wood located a little further than the cemetery, hidden by the latter, is said to have seen only the final phase of this phenomenon."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 10 October 1954 at 06:15 in Marville-Moutier, France, "Michel Toutain driving his moped towards Blanville when it suddenly stops and does not advance, seemingly stuck in inertia, in spite of all the efforts by Michel the moped did not budge. He checks the engine and then notices about 500 meters to his right, a luminous object, resembling a red sphere, with a green upper section resembling the lid on a boiler. He sees a cockpit with four silhouettes standing inside. A light within the cockpit turns on at first becoming green, then pink and as the object disappears gaining altitude it becomes white and then blue. As the object disappears from a sight, a luminous ball seems to detach itself from it and travels in a different direction. A second witness, Mr. Josse saw the object depart."

The source is a link to a nonexistent web page.

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 10 October 1954 at 06:20 there was a sighting in Marville-Moutier-Brule, France.

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. fgi1:] FRANCIS GATTI:

Extracted from de 231/: "Les envahisseurs demasqués" RAMUEL publisher 1999

October 10, 1954, Mr. Michel Toutain, of Marville-Moutier-Brûlé (Eure-et-Loir), saw his bicycle "refusing" to advance, immobilized apparently by an odd luminous object!

Thus, this unknown force can make much more than a simple magnetic fluid based on the displacement of the electrons in the atom or the rotation of the electrons on themselves would do.

It is thus an energy whose properties exceed all that we know as regards magnetism. Which is nothing surprising if this energy is equipped with a fluidic intelligence to control it.

----

No! no! the interpretation of the facts by Jean SIDER given physics is completely ridiculous!

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - At 6:15 a.m. Michel Toutain was bicycling in Marville-Moutier-Brule, Eure-et-Loir department, France when he saw a red ball of light above which was a greenish circular disc resembling the cover of a washbasin, four meters in diameter. Inside the green dome he could see that there were four dark silhouettes. He was unable to advance towards the object, stopped by some unseen force. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 141, citing La Gazette Francaise, October 16, 1954).

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Marville-Moutier France

Date: October 10 1954

Time: 0615A

Michel Toutain was driving his moped towards Blanville when it suddenly stops and does not advance; seemingly stuck in inertia, in spite of all the efforts by Michel the moped did not budge. He checks the engine and then notices about 500 meters to his right, a luminous object, resembling a red sphere, with a green upper section resembling the lid on a boiler. He sees a cockpit with four silhouettes standing inside. A light within the cockpit turns on at first becoming green, then pink and as the object disappears gaining altitude it becomes white and then blue. As the object disappears from a sight, a luminous ball seems to detach itself from it and travels in a different direction. A second witness, Mr. Josse saw the object depart.

Source: Figuet, J L Ruchon

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind at Marville-Moutier-Brûlé, the Eure-et-Loir, on October 10, 1954, at 6:15 a.m.:

Michel Toutain made his way to Blanville by bicycle, when suddenly his bicycle seemed struck with inertia, no longer advancing despite the efforts of its owner.

Intrigued, he dismounted, turned his bike over, made sure the mechanism was functioning properly, and then climbed back onto the saddle to note once again the same phenomenon of immobility.

His attention was then drawn to his right by a bizarre luminous object at a distance of 500 meters. It was a red ball with a greenish part on the top resembling a washing machine lid. Between the top and the inside that housed four silhouettes, a luminous spot changed color in connection with various movements that the apparatus had then begun to perform.

During a sudden change in direction, the glow became green, then moving horizontally, it took on a pink hue, and finally the machine disappeared while climbing. The glow at that precise moment became blue.

During the few minutes of observation that seemed to him quite long, the witness was still struggling with his bike, trying to reach Blanville three kilometers north, to alert others. Unfortunately, despite all his efforts, he had traveled only 200 meters in a quarter of an hour.

At the time of the disappearance of the object, a luminous ball split in two parts. Mr. Toutain wiped his eyes with a handkerchief in order to better see. He did not say if the headlight on his bicycle was on and if it stopped functioning.

A truck driver, Mr. Dosse [named Josse at another place by Julien Gonzalez] who was driving his truck at the level of the little wood located a little farther than the cemetery masked by it, saw only the last part of this phenomenon.

The sources are indicated as "La Gazette française" for October 16, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France", pages 141-142; Jean Sider, "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 193.

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

October 10 1954. 0615hrs.

MARVILLE-MOUTIER (EURE ET LOIRE : FRANCE)

Michel Toutain was cycling from Marville to Blainville when he found that peddle as he might his cycle would not go any further forward. He checked but could nothing wrong with the cycle but still found that he could not move it forward. He then saw, about 500m away to his right, a luminous red sphere and 4m above that a sort of green plate shaped thing. Between them were four silhouettes and a rotating light, which changed colour as the thing moved, sometimes green, sometimes pink, then white and blue. It seems to resemble a sphere separating into two parts. During the whole 15 minute observation Michel was only able to move forward 200m. A truck driver on a rise, Mr Josse that the thing leaving in the form of a luminous sphere.

P Gross 1954. citing Figuet and Ruchon 1979 p141 citing La Gazette Francaise 16 October 1954.

Explanations:

Extraterrestrial visitors or meteor or planes with some invention or distortion.

I find it not very likely that one can distinguish silhouettes at 500 meters.

It is not "Blanville" but Blainville. From Figuet and Ruchon on, everyone copied the mistake and nobody thought to check this. Peter Rogerson [pr1] obviously copied my correction.

Blainville is about 2 km approximately North of Marville-Moutier-Brûlé.

I found nothing about "La Gazette Française". There was a "Gazette de France" founded in 1631 but probably unrelated to this story.

Keywords:

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

Blanville, Blainville, Eure-et-Loir, Marville-Moutier, Michel Toutain, Josse, road, bicycle, round, sphere, craft, object, light, occupants, four, stop, blocked, effect, manoeuver, red, green, pink, white, blue

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 23, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 18, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [lcn1], [uda1], [uda2].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 9, 2010 Addition [fbn2].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 28, 2011 Additions [fgi1], [fgi2], [djn1]. A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources. In "Explanations", addition of "Possible planes".
1.3 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [tai1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 7, 2017 Addition [jgz1].
1.5 Patrick Gross April 12, 2019 Additions [mft1], [lhh1], [prn2], Summary.
1.6 Patrick Gross July 31, 2019 Additions [agd1], [bbr2]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "Just before, also in 1979, ..."

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