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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.


[Ref. am1:] 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. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

Loren Gross says that in Paris on September 22, 1954, near the Champ de Mars, a writer spotted a mysterious ball of light hovering high in tHe sky. As an experiment, the intellectual walked the streets to study the curiously of the typical Parisian. No one seemed to pay any heed to the motionless spot in the heavens.

He 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. lc1:] 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. ub1:] "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


I am close to betting my shirt that the witness, writer "M.C.", was Louis Couturier, poet and surrealistic writer who used the pseudonym Michel Carrouges, resided there at this time and later wrote 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.


Not looked for yet. Seen object description is fully compatible with that of a weather balloon.


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

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


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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 [ub1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 20, 2018 Addition [lg1].

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