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September 22, 1954, Paris, Paris:

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

Summary:

Aimé Michel indicated in his 1958 book on the French wave of 1954, that on September 22, 1954, an observation was made in the heart of Paris, 1500 meters from the Invalides, by one of his friends, a writer known with the initials "M. C.", who lived near the Champ-de-Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

That evening, as every evening, the witness was smoking his pipe in front of his window when he saw in the sky a round object, rather weekly luminous and motionless.

He first looked at it for a moment, speechless and pipe in hand, then, seeing that it was not moving, he looked at the passers-by of the street and found that none was looking up, and that the extraordinary display went completely unnoticed.

The witness saw an opportunity to study the behavior of the crowd, he took his pipe, went down the street and walked for a few minutes, keeping an eye on the object which was still there. He found that nobody was looking up, nobody noticed anything.

After a moment the witness returned home, closed his window and "peacefully finished his pipe while meditating on the stupid vanity of men."

Aimé Michel notes that "Mr. C." was at this time little interest in flying saucers, although as a curious mind, the question of the possible plurality of inhabited worlds had caught his attention, but only as a theme of the "traditional myths of metaphysics and poetry."

I think this witness was likely Louis Couturier, the surrealist writer and poet, who under his pseudonym "Michel Carrouges" published a remarkable book on the "flying saucers" in 1963.

Reports:

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel notes that on September 22, 1954, an observation was made inside Paris, at 1500 meters from Les Invalides, by one of his friends, a writer of initials "M. C.", who lived close to the Champ-de-Mars, at the feet of the Eiffel tower.

That evening like each evening, the witness smoked his pipe in front of his window when he saw a round object, rather slightly luminous and motionless in the sky.

He first looked at it for a while, amazed and the pipe in the hand, then, while noting that it did not move, he looked at the passers by in the street and noted that none was looking up, and that the extraordinary display went completely unnoticed.

The witness saw an occasion to study the behavior of the crowd, he took his pipe, went down in the street and walked a few minutes while keeping a survey of the object, which was still there. He noted that nobody raised the eyes towards the sky, and that thus nobody noticed anything.

After a while the witness returned at his place, closed his window and "peacefully finished his pipe while meditating on the stupid vanity of the men."

Aimé Michel notes that "M.C." was very little interested in the flying saucers, although as a curious mind, the question of the possible plurality of the inhabited worlds had retained his attention, but only as a topic of the traditional myths of metaphysic and poetry.

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Paris, France. That same evening [= September 22, 1954].

Pedestrians in downtown Paris reported seeing two small balls approaching the city and then gain altitude until entering the cloud ceiling. 104.

In another part of the city, near the Champ de Mars, a writer spotted a mysterious ball of light hovering high in the sky.

[...]

102. Paris, France, France-Soir, 24 September 54. Also: Paris, France, Parisian-Libere. 1 October 54.
103. Ibid.
104. Ibid.

Loren Gross adds:

September 23rd.

The writer who had seen a UFO above Paris the day before, marveling at the indifference of the street crowds, contacted UFO researcher Aime Michel to express his feelings. His message was not very encouraging. Addressing Michel, he said:"Your curiosity is powerless, and therefore just a futile as other's people's indifference." 105.

The "105" source is given as: "Michel, Aime. Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, p 67"

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Paris on September 22, 1954, at an unknown hour "The witness from is home close to the champs de Mars observes a round object, slightly luminous and motionless."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540922 22.09.1954 Paris France
19540922 22.09.1954 Champ Mars France NL

Explanations:

The object description is fully compatible with that of a weather balloon.

I am close to betting my shirt that the witness, said to be "writer M. C.", was Louis Couturier, poet and surrealistic writer who used the pseudonym Michel Carrouges, resided there at this time and, in 1963, pubslihed a rather remarkable book on the subject of the flying saucers, "Les Apparitions de Martiens," in which the reflexion on the psychological circumstances of the sightings is in good place.

Keywords:

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Paris, Invalides, Michel Carrouges, Louis Couturier, object, luminous, motionless, round

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 4, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 17, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 20, 2018 Addition [lgs1].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 29, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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