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The 1954 French flap:

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June 1, 1954, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 1-Jun-54-Saint-Rémy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Une soucoupe volante dans le ciel de St-Rémy?

Saint-Rémy de Provence.

In the evening of June 1, Mrs. Thoret, passing in the street Thiers and going towards the town hall, saw in the sky a machine which moved like a spinning top and did it without noise. It was shiny and was gilded. Mrs. Thoret had too often the occasion to see planes evolving in high altitude whereas her husband, the commander of aviation, the promoter of the gliding with planes of a ton, fixed propellers, was practicing on the northern side of Alpilles or in the Alps, to make a mistake.

Her observation must be linked to that done by two of our readers of Cavillargues who saw a machine slipping by without noise into the sky, the same day, about at the same hour and in an identical direction.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu indicates that on June 1, 1954 at the end of the day under a blue sky, Marthe Thoret, professor and wife of a friend of the author, was going down the Thiers street, in Saint-Rémy de Provence in the department of the Bouches du Rhône, when suddenly she saw a strange object, a kind of spinning top thinned on the two edges, which was narrowly framed by two plane trees above the horizontal roof of the town hall.

The observation was very brief and the woman had hardly time to note these details before the object fled quickly towards the North.

The object, of yellow gold color and intensely luminous but neither dazzling, nor blinding and emitting no rays, appeared to screw its way in the air on an horizontal trajectory (angle of vision: 45°).

Two people in Cavillargues were also witness and their statements were concordant with the report by Mrs Thoret.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Bouches du Rhone in St Rémy de Provence on June 1, 1954 at 20:45 hours, "The sky was very blue in this end of day, one of the longest of the year. The witness, a woman, descended the Thiers street, in Saint-Rémy, when suddenly, narrowly framed by two plane trees exceeding the horizontal roof of the town hall, she saw a strange object, a kind of spinning top thinned on the two edges. The appearance was very fast had the time to note these details before the craft fled fast in the direction of the North. This 'object', of yellow color but, intensely luminous but not dazzling, nor blinding and deprived of any radiation, appeared bore its was in the air on an horizontal trajectory (angle of vision: 45°)."

The source is given as "Black-out sur les Soucoupes volantes by Guieu Jimmy ** Fleuve Noir 1956 omnium 1977".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 June 1954 at 20:45 in St Remy.Provence, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by three witnesses (Thoret)."

The source is indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956.

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

This database recorded the case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540601 01.06.1954 St Remy France 20.45
19540601 01.06.1954 St. Remy Provence France NL


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Saint-Rémy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, daylight, spinning top, object, fast, yellow, golden, shiny, Marthe Thoret


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 19, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 19, 2010 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 4, 2016 Addition [ud1].

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