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The 1954 French flap:

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October 3, 1954, Stains, Seine-Saint-Denis:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Stains. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

According to an article by ufologist Joël Mesnard in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #371 of February 2004, "a flying saucer landed in Stains on October 3, 1954."

But in 2020, I found information that makes the story more than questionable.

First of all, the local weekly newspaper Journal du Canton d'Aubervilliers for October 1, 1954, had published on its last page a sensationalist insert notifying that a "flying saucer lands in Stains", and that "one managed to photograph a Martian." The announcement assured that the photo and details would be published in their next week issue.

Indeed, on October 8, 1954, this newspaper published a sequel. It was first of all, clearly, an advertising text to encourage young people to join the soccer team of "L'Enfance Heureuse de Stains".

The text presented as "witness" "the young Barbouzerard, who was playing on the 'credulous' hill", and who chatted with a small Martian, without arms, "scuba hairstyle, glasses against green rays" and especially one-legged, explaining to him that since he only has one leg, he will not be able to join the soccer team...

What must have attracted the attention of Joël Mesnard, is that the article added in a "Last hour" paragraph just below that they learned that one Mr. Broussouloux "was disturbed in his work for statements that he would have made the day before, indicating that he saw a flying saucer landing on the Delaune stadium. Indeed, the police asked him to follow them to locate the site and get the traces of the said object. Mr. Broussoulons maintained his statements."

Reports:

[Ref. jau1:] "LE JOURNAL DU CANTON D'AUBERVILLIERS":

Scan

Sensational!

A flying saucer lands in Stains

A MARTIAN WAS PHOTOGRAPHED

Photo and détails next week

[Ref. jau2:] "LE JOURNAL DU CANTON D'AUBERVILLIERS":

Scan

Stains -

Flying saucer...
... and martian

It must be said: we have been waiting for it for a long time! Hundreds of cities have seen their saucer or cigar, why not us.

When the young Barbouzerard, who was playing on the "credulous" hill, saw the Martian come out of his saucer, he was not surprised: don't the newspapers talk about it, every day?...

The Martian was there, small, without arms, one leg, scuba hairstyle, glasses against green rays, doubt was not possible.

So Borbourezard engages in conversation:

- Where are you from?

- I come from the largest city on planet Mars. With us everything is a thousand times bigger, a thousand times more beautiful than on your earth.

- So why are you coming?

- There is one thing missing. We do not have a beautiful secular patronage like you and I will stay on earth if I could play soccer in with "The Happy Childhood of Stains" crew.

The Martian must have been disappointed, because Barhouzerard was formal:

- We can take you: this year we will try to be champion of the Patronage Union, we will try to beat our records: all those who want to play sports at the Patro (boys or girls) can register on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30, at the Deputy office. But you shouldn't have just one leg. Go see Auhervilliers...

Editor's note. - The famous green rays destroyed the film, making it impossible to publish a photo.

Last hour. - We learn that Mr. Broussouloux was disturbed in his work for statements he had made the day before, indicating that he saw a flying saucer land on the Delaune stadium. Indeed, the police asked him to follow them to locate the site and take the traces of the said craft. Mr. Broussoulons maintained his statements.

[Ref. jmd1:] JOEL MESNARD:

According to an article by ufologist Joel Mesnard in "Lumières Dans La Nuit", a flying saucer landed in Stains on October 3, 1954.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Seine Saint Denis in Stains on October 3, 1954 at an unknown hour, a craft called a "flying saucer" reportedly landed.

Luc Chastan indicates my website as "ufologie.net" (its old URL) as his source.

Explanations:

Advertizing for teen soccer club.

I do not think Joüel Mesnard gave credit to the story of "the young Barbouzerard"; but he probably thought that the story of "Mr. Broussouloux" had more merit.

I don't think it has any:

It is quite likely that this second story was just put there to "enrich" the first.

There remains a slight doubt: as Joël Mesnard gave a date of October 3, 1954, whereas Le Journal du Canton d'Aubervilliers gave no date, there may be another source all the same, and we would have two separate cases here, one of which is an advertisement and the other of a nature which would be still unknown to me.

Keywords:

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

Stains, Seine-Saint-Denis, flying saucer, landing

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 12, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 3, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 13, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 14, 2020 Additions [jau1], [jau2]. Explanations changed, were "Totally insufficient information."

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