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The 1954 French flap:

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August 22, 1954, Marseilleveyre, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 22-Aug-54-Marseilleveyre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

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The comment of the blog where this picture appeared indicates that it was published in "Semaine du Monde" for the week of October 1st to October 7, 1954 #99."

The article is cited as saying about this photograph:

"Thus France, in its turn, will give to the problem a national interest. But already we pour in the file the first photographs taken in France. All three were taken by two correspondents of our newspaper, Misters L. Alyons and J. Ates. The fact that they were photographed in the sky of Marseilles does not allow to infer anything as for the nature of the phenomenon."

"That of the left, caught on last May 26, at 06:30 p.m., "enormous, remained fixed at low altitude while making the window of the room vibrate" before fleeing suddenly. In top on the left: June 7, this apparatus lenghtily showed itself to the teleobjective. On the right: August 22, this apparatus, resembling also like a brother to a flying saucer hesitated a long time, sometimes coming down as low as 100 meters and sometimes going up vertically, to land over the hills of Marseilleveyre for the evening pastis. Did the indifférence expressed by the residents of Marseilles seem suspect to the mysterious travellers?"

Explanations:

Hoax.

The fact that all four "flying saucers pictures" come from the same two people though at four different dates highly suggests that they are all hoaxed.

See:

On May 26, 1954, in Marseilles;
On June 7, 1954, in Marseille;
On August 9 in Marseille.

To note: the strong similarity with this other or same photograph rejected as hoax by Radar magazine.

Keywords:

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

Marseilleveyre, Bouches-du-Rhône, L. Alyons, J. Ates, Alyon, photograph, landing, saucer

Sources:

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 17, 2008 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 6, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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