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October 12, 1954, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 12-Oct-54-Marseilles. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:


"THEY" DO NOT GO ALONE ANYMORE...

A stack of flying cigars seen by a police officer of Nîmes

Nîmes (C.P.).

Whereas he was in his garden, district of the Mas de Boudan, a policeman of Nimes, Mr. C..., saw Monday, around 6 p.m., in the direction of Montpellier, a craft with metallic reflections and having an extremely odd form.

"You would have said, he stated to us, a pile of cigars - four or five - of different size, the smallest being above." Suddenly, the quadrilateral machine from where escaped red gleams on a side, orange gleams on the other side, disappeared suddenly, to the great relief of Mr. C..., who admitted to us the emotion felt at the sight of this appearance.

A "CIGAR" ON LA GINESTE?

It was certainly neither a jet, nor a helicopter", thus spoke yesterday evening in our offices Mr. A.D..., who lives 11, street Lafayette, in Marseilles. And Mr. A.D..., whose attention had been drawn by a ten of cars stopped at the top of Gineste, continued: "the drivers and occupants of these cars will be able to tell you, the machine which had a shape [illegible] the late hour (it was 06:15 p.m. and the sun was hidden since a quarter of an hour). It left behind itself a white trail and moved while zigzagant vertically. It disappeared, after one minute of maneuvers."

On the Ardèche
"OH! MUMMY THERE ARE TWO MOONS IN THE SKY"

Sunday October 10, between 06:30 and 7 hours, a dozen people of Neyrac, Barutel, Crouzet saw a large ball of fire which, coming out of the valley of the Lignon, crossed the sky in direction S.-E. - N.-E. with a speed higher than that of a fast plane to disappear between the hill and the "Serre de Sainte-Marguerite". The "unidentified flying object" carried out a rectilinear trajectory but was like agitated of sudden starts. The moon, at this time, lighted the sky, which made a little girl, G. Blachère (aged 4), say in awe: "Oh! mummy, there are two moons in the sky!"

It is the second appearance of the phenomenon in Neyrac, the first being in 1951.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in Marseilles in the Bouches du Rhone, on October 12, 1954 at 06:15 p.m., there was a sighting of a very shining cigar on the level of Mount Gineste.

They indicate as source an article in the regional newspaper "Le Provençal" for October 13, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Bouches du Rhone in Marseilles on October 12, 1954 at 18:15 hours there was an "Observation of a very shining cigar on the level of the Gineste mount."

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

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on October 10, 1954, one read in the newspaper "Le Provençal" an adventure of a dozen motorists stopped at the top of the Gineste. Drivers and passengers were stunned to face at about 3:15 p.m. a machine of very strange form leaving behind a long white trail zigzagging in the sky at low altitude.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Marseille France 18.00 NL

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhône, cigar, shiny, mount Gineste, night, trail, zigzag, white, vertical, duration, anonymous

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 24, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Additions [rb1], [ub1].

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