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October 13, 1954, Nīmes, Gard:

Reference number for this case: 13-Oct-54-Nīmes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.





Seven odd and tiny beings reportedly sowed mysterious seeds

before disappearing in a phosphorescent craft
Several hunters of the area claim this

Nīmes (C.P.).
Testimonys of various sources inform us that in the woods of the commune of Saint-Ambroix (the Gard), several hunters reportedly [...] having a vaguely human shape. When the hunters approached, the homunculus's rushed towards a phosphorescent craft which flew away at once and disappeared. Coming back a short time later the hunters noted that in the place where they had seen the "Martians", a certain number of seeds of odd appearance were strewn on the ground.

These seeds were allegedly shown to various seed resellers of Saint-Ambroix, who were unable to identify any known species.

According to various information, they would have been sent to a [...] to control the exactitude of this information, that some deny and others confirm.


Nīmes (C.P.).
Mr. Pitot, Nīmes resident, saw yesterday in the night "something abnormal" in a street of the suburb, Edgar Mouton street. This machine which he was unable to identify in an absolute manner, suddenly rose in the airs and disappeared without any noise nor light.


Saint-Chamas (C.P.).
Saturday, October 9, at 08:15 p.m., a mysterious machine, coming from the direction of Cornillon and going to Istres, passed above Saint-Chamas at approximately an altitude of one thousand to fifteen hundred meters.

This craft was disc-shaped of the size approximately of a plate seen at this distance. It was incandescent, letting escape a very thick smoke of fiery color which formed a long luminous trail.

After having crossed Saint-Chamas, it climbed higher and disappeared suddenly above Istres.

A "stack of cigars" with two colors in the sky of the Gard

Nīmes (C.P.).
After the policeman of Nīmes who saw a stack of cigars soon changing into a quadrilateral from where red and orange gleams escaped, an S.N.C.F. [national railway] employee, Mr. Martinet, living in the workers suburbs of the farmhouse Mathieu, road of Avignon, had his glance attracted by a ball of fire which moved in the sky, in direction of the plate of Garons.

Mr. Martinet who was on the point of going fishing in Bellegarde and had waken up for that at 5 o'clock had [...]



The mystery of the flying saucers

A luminous disc
two jet aircraft
who had hunted it

AVIGNON, October 15th. - Early in the afternoon of Friday, at 1:30 p.m., the population of Fontaine de Vaucluse was in turmoil.

Indeed, a "white disc" was hovering slowly over the small city and one could clearly distinguish it with good binoculars.

This white disc was surmounted by a spherical protrusion of the same color.

The lower circular border intermittently bears two powerful lights, varying from white to purplish, passing through the red.

The air base of Caritat (Vaucluse), alerted, immediately directed two jet planes which soon made their appearance, and after two turns on Fontaine de Vaucluse, took altitude and dove on the "disc".

The radio on board the planes, which was in communication with the base, announced that the craft was in sight, that it was being hunted, but that it escaped because its speed was higher than theirs.

From Vaucluse, one could see clearly the disc skyrocketing, pursued by the two jets.

CALAIS. - A baker boy

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from Calais said he had seen, at 3:40 a.m., at the place called "Saint Pierre Halte", on the road to Saint-Omer a yellow and shiny craft land on the railway tracks.

According to the baker, the curiously shaped object was two meters in height and four meters in diameter.

NIMES. - Two people saw last night, as they were returning home, a few kilometers north of Nīmes, a greenish glow in a field. They approached and found the presence of a craft in all aspects identical to a rugby ball and seeming to rest on crutches. The strange device suddenly rose into the air, emitting a faint noise and gradually taking on an orange hue.


These two authors and ufologists indicate that on October 13, 1954 in Nimes in the department of the Gard, Mr. Pitot, of Nīmes, saw "something abnormal" during the night in the street Edgar-Sheep, a street of the periphery of the city.

This object which he could not "absolutely" identify, rose suddenly in the air and "disappeared without noise nor light."

The source is indicated as "Le Provenēal" for October 14, 1954.


The Belgian ufologist indicates that on October 13, 1954 in France in Nimes, in the night, Mr. Pitot sees something abnormal in a street of the periphery of Nimes: the street Edgar-Mouton. This craft, which he cannot identify absolutely, rises sudenly in the air and disappears without any noise nor light.

The source is indicated as: M. Figuet/ J.L. Ruchon: "Ovni, premier dossier complet..." - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 159.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gard in Nimes on October 13, 1954 at an unknown hour a witness sees during the night, in a street of the periphery of the city (street Edgar-Mouton), "something abnormal". This object which he cannot identify absolutely, rises suddenly in the air and disappears without noise nor light.

Luc Chastan indique que la source est "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".


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