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The 1954 French flap:

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September 20, 1954, Sainte-Anne, Indre:

Reference number for this case: 20-Sep-54-Sainte Anne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



[... (extract)]

Not serious the testimony by Mr. Billonet of Ste Anne and that of Mrs. Billonet, who, on the 20th, at 9 P.M, alerted by their dog, saw a luminous apparatus taking off of a field near their residence.



The extract of the article of the newspaper "L'Echo du Berry" starts with the words "Not serious."

This could wrongfully create the notion that the newspaper really regarded this observation as "not serious."

In fact, the author of the article wrote an article of protest against the public assertion in the national press by Evry Schatzman, an astrophyisician and also president of the "Union Rationnaliste" at this time. Evry Schatzman had proposed his opinion which was that "stories of flying saucers are not serious", and it in protest against this position and convinced, on the contrary, that this observation is a serious observation among other serious observations that the journalist from L'Echo du Berry listed a number of observations, such as this one, starting with these words, "Not serious."

Of course it may be that Mr. and Mrs. Billonet, and their dog, were indeed not serious.


Not looked for yet.


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

Sainte Anne, Indre, Billonet, dog, night, apparatus, machine, luminous, landing, field


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0.1 Patrick Gross January 15, 2004 First published.
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