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1954, Nīmes, Gard:

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

Summary:

The Radar weekly magazine, in the heart of the 1954 saucer wave in France, had launched a competition offering a million Francs of the time to the first person who would send them a flying saucer photograph that their jury would accept to consider "genuine."

Throughout the issues, the magazine presented some of the photos they had received, with little information and a "verdict" (often summary or even contradictory) from their jury.

On page 2 of their October 24, 1954 issue, they published, among others, this photograph, titled "simple reconstitution:"

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The magazine explained:

SIMPLE RECONSTITUTION

NIMES. -- We are dealing with a fair competitor. To be fairer, let's say semi-fair. He writes to us: "I saw a saucer pass in the sky of my hometown. I did not have time to photograph it, but I found the time to reconstitute it. I just used an aluminum ring borrowed from a stove, the lid of a pot of glue and a piece of paper. My craft successfully stays in the air as seen above. It is perfectly conform to my observation.

The magazine showed no interest in the alleged visual observation that the image would reconstitute. It seems obvious that the place was in the city of Nīmes, but neither the name of the witness, nor the date, not the time, nor any other information was given.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] "RADAR" MAGAZINE:

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SIMPLE RECONSTITUTION

NIMES. -- We are dealing with a fair competitor. To be fairer, let's say semi-fair. He writes to us: "I saw a saucer pass in the sky of my hometown. I did not have time to photograph it, but I found the time to reconstitute it. I just used an aluminum ring borrowed from a stove, the lid of a pot of glue and a piece of paper. My craft successfully stays in the air as seen above. It is perfectly conform to my observation.

Explanations:

Totally insufficient information, dubious credibility of the visual observation.

Keywords:

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Nīmes, Gard, photograph, city, disc, saucer

Sources:

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Document history:

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