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September 28, 1954, Avignon, Vaucluse:

Reference number for this case: Jour-September-54-Avignon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Gazette Provençale, of Avignon, reported on page 2 for September 30, 1954, that Mr. Léon Saignez, fervent motorcyclist from Avignon, returned "Tuesday evening" - therefore on September 28, 1954 - from a short night ride, when on the Saze plateau he suddenly saw "the sky crossed by a bizarre craft, giving the appearance of a cigar surrounded by a vivid glow."

As soon as he arrived in Avignon, he shared his bizarre encounter with his boss, Mr. Bourgin, an aviator who was in charge of the Military Handling.

La Gazette Provençale for October 2, 1954, on page 2, added that another witness, Mr. Gabriel Richaud, driver at the Minoterie Chevalier in Sorgues, who accompanied Mr. Saignez on his ride, had confirmed the matter. The newspaper had heard Messrs. Saignez and Richaud, at the Military Handling, in the presence of Mrs. and Mr. Bourgin.

It was Mr. Saignée who first saw the "luminous craft" in the sky while riding his motorcycle. He immediately slowed down and invited his colleague to do the same to show him the strange apparition.

They then saw that it was an oval object surrounded by a very bright glow which seemed to be animated by a rotating movement and was passing not far from them at a very high speed. Frightened, they did not think of stopping the engines of their motorcycles, which prevented them from hearing if the craft emitted sound.

The newspaper added that "Messrs. Saignée and Richaud Gabriel, whose good faith cannot be doubted, are convinced that it is not a jet plane and much less a natural phenomenon."

Finally, the newspaper added that a "mysterious craft was also seen by Mr. Georges Fontaimpe, tailor, in Avignon."

Reports:

[Ref. lgp1:] NEWSPAPER "LA GAZETTE PROVENCALE":

Scan

A Flying Cigar
in Avignon

One of our esteemed fellow citizens, Mr. Léon Saignez, a fervent motorcyclist, was returning Tuesday evening, from a short night ride, when on the Saze plateau, he suddenly saw the sky crossed by a strange craft, offering the appearance of a cigar surrounded by a vivid glow.

As soon as he arrived in Avignon, he shared his bizarre encounter with his boss, Mr. Bourgin, who is at the head of military handling and who was a high-class aviator pilot.

There is no doubt that our fellow citizen has been another witness to the extravagant appearance of flying cigars.

[Ref. lgp2:] NEWSPAPER "LA GAZETTE PROVENCALE":

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About the
flying saucers

We recounted the day before yesterday, the conditions under which, one of our distinguished fellow citizens, Mr. Léon Saigne, baker at Military Handling, had seen a strange luminous machine in the sky when he was returning from a might motorcycle ride.

This fact which, moreover, is no longer an exception has been repeated to us, is confirmed by another witness, Mr. Richaud Gabriel, driver at the Minoterie Chevalier in Sorgues, who accompanied Mr. Saignez on his walk.

We were also able to reach MM. Saignez and Richaud, at the Manutention Militaire where in the presence of Mrs. and Mr. Bourgin, the distinguished director, they were able to satisfy our curiosity.

It was Mr. Saignez who first saw the luminous craft in the sky while he was riding his motorcycle. He immediately slows down, inviting his colleague to do the same in order to show him the strange apparition.

What did they saw? An oval object surrounded by a very vivid glow, seemingly animated by a rotating movement and passing not far from them at a very high speed.

Seized with terror, they did not think of stopping the engine of their motorcycles, which prevented them from hearing whether the craft emitted any sound.

MM. Saignez and Richaud Gabriel, whose good faith cannot be doubted, are convinced that this is not a jet plane and much less a natural phenomenon.

Note that a mysterious craft was also seen by Mr. Georges Fontaimpe, tailor, in Avignon.

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Avignon, Vaucluse, Léon Saignez, Gabriel Michaud, Georges Fontaimpe, craft, luminous, motorboke, object, oval, spinning, fast, close, frightened

Sources:

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