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The 1954 French flap:

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October 4, 1954, Lézignan, Aude:

Reference number for this case: 4-oct-54-Lézignan. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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A BAKER FROM BRITTANY CLAIMS THIS:

"My Martian was not shaven and had eyes as large as a corbel's egg"

The daily chronicle of the "flying saucers" grows more and more. Each day, numerous newsbriefs report the passage of mysterious machines in this or that region. It remains to be learned whether the bad weather that the complacent meteorologists announce obligingly, will have an unspecified influence on the gracious evolutions of the ethereal visitors. It does not seem to be that way, so far.

To see a machine in the sky thus is nothing extraordinary any more and one could fear monotony if, fortunately, the "celestial pilots" didn't come from time to pay a short visit on the dry land and to bring with their height, their costume and their actions, more spice to the current controversies on the reality of the "saucers".

"He resembled a man"

In this field, the transitory ephemeral topicality is rightfully to be credited today to a modest bakery worker of Loctudy (the Finistère), Mr. Pierre Lucas.

Standing up early and well awaken, our man was going to get water in the court of the bakery Tuesday morning when, in the wavering gleam of a rainy dawn, he saw a machine of the shape of a saucer of 2 m. 50 to 3 m. in diameter, which stationed there stupidly. He would certainly not have cared that much about it, if he hadn't suddenly seen an individual come out of it!

"He measured 1 m. 20, resembled a man (sic) and approached me. Before I recovered from my surprise, he had tapped on my shoulder while articulating unintelligible words."

Mr. Lucas showed a remarkable coolness. "Come inside, we'll have a chat", he

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"My Martian was not shaven..."

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must have told him, for the unknown followed him in the bake house. There, one saw all the same a little more clearly and without shame the "Martian" let himself be contemplated.

It is still Mr. Lucas who speaks:
"He had an oval face, entirely covered of hairs and eyes of the size of a corbel's egg!"

The young man called his owner, but the unknown undoubtedly estimated that the interview had lasted long enough. By the time that Mr. Lucas goes into the staircase to alert his owner with cares, the man and the machine had disappeared. Too bad...

First thing thus learn until better information: the strangers that pilot the saucers have a human form, but the size of children, and apparently developed hair.

Confirmation is given to us by Mr. Henri Lehérisé, young farmer of Megrit (Côtes-du-Nord), whose gift of observation did not await the number of the years.

With much off-handedness, his own apparatus, whose diameter did not exceed one meter, was posed in the court of his farm. Two dwarves occupied it, motionless, impassive. They did not condescend to come out and engage the conversation.

Some saucers among others...

These two appearances obviously eclipse the "visions" of the day. Let us note however that the "saucers", threatened for a while by the barrels, balls, crescents and other cigars, launched a counter-attack of great style since there are now only talks of saucers.

The one in Saint-Brieuc let itself be contemplated during one hour; that of the surroundings of La Rochelle hovered in front of the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Guillenoteau, within one meter of the ground, in an impressive silence and the farmer noted oily traces in the grass.

In Lézignan, it was at the same time flying and giant: ten meters in diameter! Three meters only, the one that landed in the garden of Mr. Jean Labonne, in Bergerac, but on three crutches.

Lastly, the "saucers" cannot always be approached: that of Lésignan, again, wrapped Misters André Garcia and André Darzens of a bright gleam before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally nailed the witnesses who wanted to see it closely on the spot and released a strong nitro-benzene odor.

When the machine moved away, faintness ceased with the odor.

The good story of the poor fisherman

Odorous, coloured and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantova, they passed in tight formations and one of them was detached from the group to make a small air carrousel show which lasted one hour... and blocked the traffic in the center of the city, the witnesses having gone down in the street for better seeing.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered in conversation with a "Martian", dressed in red, but they were unable to understand each other and his interlocutor disappeared when he saw the fisherman's woman appear. Mysoginic [mysogynic], perhaps...

[Ref. er1:] "L'ECHO REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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The disturbing waltz continues...

Saucers in the French and Italian way

PARIS, 6. - Several Parisians said they saw yesterday afternoon flying saucers moving in the sky of the capital. Bystanders claimed to have seen one at 4:30 p.m., near the porte Dorée.

Mr. Pierre Allouis, cardboard reseller, was traveling in a cab for business when the vehicle was stopped by a red light. Hearing, he said, a shrill whistling sound, he looked through the window and saw a flying vehicle that fled in height, leaving behind a plume of smoke.

Mr. Allouis described the saucer as a disc larger than a normal plane and of silver color.

The same testimony is given by Mr. Gilbert Bason, residing 35, Faubourg St. Antoine, and Mr. Paul Julien, house painter, who lives 3, rue de la Pompe; the latter, however, believes that this is not a saucer but a flying wing that has the shape of a triangle with rounded edges.

BERGERAC, 4. - Mr. Jean Defix, fireman in Bergerac and Jean Labonne stated they have seen landing in the garden of the latter, a luminous disc about three meters in diameter, supported by three legs.

LEZIGNAN, 6. - Two residents of Lezignan Misters André Gardia and André Darsens, who were driving in a truck on the main road 3, said they saw a disc-shaped craft rise in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne (Aude).

The craft, they said, was about ten meters in diameter. Before they could approach it, it wrapped a bright glow and disappeared.

DINAN, 6. - In Mégrit (Côtes-du-Nord), a young farmer, Mr. Hen [missing part]

[...]oped MM. Andre and Andre Guardia Darsens of a glow before disappearing. The one in Clermont-Ferrand literally transfixed witnesses who wanted to see it up close and it emitted a strong smell of nitro-benzine.

When the craft moved away, the discomfort ceased like the smell.

Mr. Lehérissé claimed to have seen in the yard of his farm a craft of about 1 meter in diameter, within which appeared two human forms, motionless and the size of a child.


MYSTERIOUS CRAFT IN THE SKY IN SAINT-LUPERCE AND JANVILLE


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NEVERS, 6. - In Nevers, five inhabitants of Château-Chinon said they saw last night at high altitude, a kind of bright spot, which split in two discs. These, they say, began to turn while changing color several times.

DUNKIRK, 6. - A merchant of Dunkirk had, several days ago, reported seeing strange bright objects in the sky of Bray-Dunes. An investigation was opened. It concluded that they were two military airplanes whose metallic coating could have been misleading.

SAINT-BRIEUC, 6. - Several residents of Saint-Brieuc saw, last night, a flying saucer which took the shape of a cigar before disapea[...]

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The beautiful story of the poor fisherman

Fragrant, colorful and inhabited, the "saucers" are also international. In Mantua, they rose in tight formations and one of them broke off from the group to make a small air carousel number that lasted an hour... and blocked traffic in the center of the city, witnesses being in the streets to see better.

In Roverbella, finally, a poor fisherman entered into conversation with a "Martian" dressed in red, but they did not understand each other and his companion disappeared when the fisherman's wife came around. Misogynist perhaps...

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

Two inhabitants of Lezignan saw a 30-ft. disk land in a field between the villages of Lagrasse and Aude. When they approached it the machine flashed a blinding light on them, and made the usual getaway.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that in the evening of October 5, 1954, two residents of Lézignan drove in a truck on the secondary road Nr.3 and saw a metal disc approximately 10 meters in diameter which came down slowly from the sky and landed in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne in the Aude.

The two men stopped their truck and courageously jumped on the ground and walked towards the spacecraft, which at their approach emitted a bright gleam and took off at once.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel writes that on October 4, 1954, in Lézignan, in the department of the Aude, two residents of this village, Mr. Gardia and Mr. Darzens, were returning home driving a truck during the night. They were driving on national road 3 when they saw a luminous object gently descending to the ground in a field near the small village of Lagrasse. They pulled off to go see the phenomenon, but the object suddenly rose up while producing intense luminosity.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

231 -002.59641 43.09380 04 10 1954 LAGRASSE -AUDE F 0012 3C** 235

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

189

Oct. 04, 1954 Lezignan (France).

Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck betwem Lagrasse and Villemagne when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about 10 m diameter and took off with a burst of light. (France Soir, 7 Octobre 1954) (35)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 4, 1954, between Lagrasse and Villemagne close to Lézignan in the Aude, two men driving a truck saw a luminous flying object which descended slowly towards the ground, then suddenly, rose in an explosion of light.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU ET RAYMOND LAVIER:

Ufologists Garreau and Lavier date the case of October 3 not 4.

Indicating that their references are a newspaper cutting and personal file, they write that two inhabitants of Lézignan, Mr André Gardia and Mr André Darzens, driving by truck on the Secondary Road RN3, while arriving at the height of Lagrasse, saw a machine in the shape of a disc landed in a field between the village and the hamlet of Villemagne.

Mr. Gardia stopped the truck, and the two men went out and proceeded to move towards the apparatus, which they estimated of ten meters in diameter.

But they were dazzled by an intense gleam, and the machine quickly disappeared in the sky.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that in the night from the 3 to October 4, 1954, André Garcia et André Darzens who drove a truck on the Departmental Road D3 close to Lagrasse in the department of Aude, saw a machine in the shape of a disc which was posed in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne.

According to witnesses', this apparatus measured approximately 10 meters in diameter. The two men stopped their truck and are courageously went out, then moved towards the machine.

The disc emitted a bright gleam which wrapped them and took off at once.

The authors give no source but note that Jimmy Guieu in "Black Out sur les S.V." give October 5 as date.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

4 October 1954

Lezignan, France, (no known hour)

Yet another one of those brief touchdowns by a UFO was reported on the 4th. Truck drivers Andre Garoia and Andre Darzais were travelling a high way near the town of Lezignan when they saw a luminous disc, an estimated 30 feet across, coast to a momentary landing. With a surge of power the disc soared skyward while emitting a burst of white light. 41.

  • 40. France-Soir. 7 October 54.
  • 41. Ibid.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 4, in France in Lézignan, "André Garcia and André Darzais drove a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne when they saw a luminous object going down slowly towards the ground. It measured approximately 10 m in diameter and set out again with an explosion of light."

She indicates that the sources are "France-Soir, 7 Oct. 1954" and "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 267".

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - October 4: Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne and were near the village of Lezignan, France when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about 10 meters in diameter and took off with a burst of light. (Sources: France-Soir, October 7, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 217).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Monday, October 4, 1954

[...]

In Lézignan (France), André Garcia and André Darzais drive a truck in Lagrasse and Villemagne when they see a luminous object going down slowly towards the ground. It measured approximately 10 m in diameter and went away with an explosion of light.

[...]

Jérôme Beau indicates as source: "France-Soir, October 7, 1954".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 4 October 1954 in Lezignan, France, "A luminous object, ten meters diameter" and "Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne and were near the village of Lezignan, France when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about 10 meters in diameter and took off with a burst of light."

The website adds: "Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about ten meters diameter and took off with a burst of light. One ball was observed."

The source is indicated as: Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Aude in Lagrasse on October 3, 1954, at an unknown hour, "In the night from the 3rd to 4th October, the witnesses, who drive by truck on the D3, see a machine in the shape of a disc which is posed in a field between the village of Lagrasse and the hamlet of Villemagne.The apparatus, the witnesses stated, measures approximately 10 meters in diameter. The two men stop their truck and, courageously jump on the ground then move towards the machine. The latter emmits a bright gleam which wraps them and takes off at once."

La source est indiquée comme "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 4, 1954 - Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne and were near the village of Lezignan, France when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about 10 meters in diameter and took off with a burst of light. (Sources: France-Soir, October 7, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217, case # 189).

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded that same case 10 times, with various dates and places:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541004 04.10.1954 Lagrasse France NL
19541004 04.10.1954 Lagrasse France NL
19541004 04.10.1954 Lagrasse France
19541004 04.10.1954 Lezignan France Night CE I
19541004 04.10.1954 Lezignan Lagrasse France 19.00 CE I
19541004 04.10.1954 Lezignan France Night CE I
19541004 04.10.1954 Lezignan France Night CE I
19541005 05.10.1954 Lezignan France
19541005 05.10.1954 Lagrasse France Evening CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Lagrasse France

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Lézignan, Aude, light, landing, take off, multiple, nocturnal, André Garcia, André Darzens, André Darzais, dazzled, gleam, disc, truck, road, Lagrasse, Villemagne

Sources:

[-] Indicates sources that I have not yet checked myself.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 8, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2010 Additions [jg1], [lc1].
1.2 Patrick Gross May 31, 2010 Addition [le1].
1.3 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross October 29, 2016 Additions [er1], [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross December 17, 2016 Additions [lg1].
1.7 Patrick Gross January 7, 2017 Additions [gb1].

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