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The 1954 French flap:

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1954?, unknown place, unknown department:

Reference number for this case: 54-Radar02. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The Paris weekly Radar, during the wave of 1954, launched a first contest offering a million old francs to anyone who would give them a Martian. The magazine then launched a similar contest to reward any authentic photography of flying saucers.

One of the images shown as contest result in this magazine, among others, none being accepted as "authentic", was titled "clumsy hoax":

I found no other information so far, and it is not entirely certain that the image was said to have been taken in France and in 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. rdr1:] MAGAZINE "RADAR":

Explanations:

Probable photographic hoax.

Weekly magazine "Radar", at the time of the 1954 French saucer flap, started a first contest offering a million old francs to whoever would deliver a Martian to them. The magazine then launched a similar contest to reward any authentic photograph of a flying saucer:

On February 14, 1965, the ORTF showed a television documentary about the flying saucers, during which fragments of the Radar article appeared. I have neither the entire Radar article nor its day and month of publication.

The image shown in [rdr1] appeared in this magazine among others, none being accepted as "authentic".

I do not have any other information, and it is not entirely certain that the image was said to have been taken in France and in 1954.

Keywords:

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

Photograph, saucer

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross April 10, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 13, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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