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October 7, 1954, Monteux, Vaucluse

Reference number for this case: 7-oct-54-Monteux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:


BETWEEN MONTEUX AND ALTHEN-LES-PALUDS

A farmer affirms to have seen an unknown and phosphorescent craft in a field

Avignon (C.P.).

Thursday around 02:30 p.m. Mr. Rene Margaillon, 40 years old, living in the community of Monteux (Vaucluse), district of Pourpiasse, went to his agricultural occupations with his cart. Suddenly, at approximately a hundred meters in a field, he saw a mysterious craft. Keeping all his coolness, he stopped his cart, blocked the brake and advanced in direction of the machine. This craft, in his opinion, measured 2 m 50 in height and it was phosphorescent. All of a sudden, he did not see anything anymore and remained breathless during a few seconds.

Telling his adventure to whom wanted to hear it, Mr. Margaillon was the subject of jokes in particular from friends that came to see him. But the farmer is formal in his statement. He really saw a mysterious machine which did not leave any trace.

What is it? We do not know.

In any event, this adventure made a great fuss in the vicinity.

An incandescent oval mass on the area of Uzès

Observed by several people

Uzès (C.P.).

USSEZ (C.P.). -- Last saturday, around 8 p.m., Mr. Court, farmer at Le Mas Blanc, close to Uzès, saw when he was closing the gate of his house a mass, oval, orange, incandescent, which shone of a very sharp glare. It was roughly between Montaren and Cerviers, at 1 km approximately of Le Mas Blanc and seemed slightly elevated above ground-level.

This lengthened mass was subject to an oscillatory movement.

[illegible] called his wife in all haste. The latter, after having seen the phenomenon, called in her turn Doctor Fabre, city council man, and his family, who was having dinner at this time.

The doctor, Mrs. Fabre, and her girls, Catherine and Claude, realized of the reality of the phenomenon. At the time when Doctor Fabre was on the verge of phoning to the gendarmerie, the orange shape reduced in size and disappeared in the distance.

A cigar in the sky of Saint-Menet

Saint Menet.

"It was exactly 02:16 p.m., I was with my wife in the caretaker's lodge of the Nestlé factory, in Saint-Menet, when the craft appeared to me." Thus expresses Pascal Panzani, caretaker the said factory. And Mr. Panzani who swears on his honor of former gendarme of saying all the truth adds: "Of cylindrical form, the object which seemed made out of aluminium was very brilliant. After its appearance above Saint-Menet and Millière at approximately 500 meters altitude, it disappeared in a few seconds in the direction of the hills of Cassis."

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

Jimmy Guieu, SF writer and one of france's first ufologist wrote about this case dated October 7, 1954 at 02:30 p.m., witness René M. resident of La Pourpiasse district in Monteux in the Vaucluse who was going to his occupations with his cart:

"All of a sudden, at about a hundred meters, in a field, he saw an odd craft, stopped his horse carriage, blocked the brake and advanced in direction of the phosphorescent apparatus. It was of metallic appearance and was approximately 2,50 m high, had a roughly spherical shape. The witness, intrigued, considered this spacecraft lengthily, then, suddenly, he did not see anything any more. The machine had spontaneously disappeared."

The author insists that the craft really disappeard and that the witness was not hallucinating because he had calmy stopped his cart and put the break on and walked towards the craft, without panic.

He then comments that the spacecraft either capabale of invisibility or came from another dimension; which he says is not absurd because foremost US scientists are working at a process to move matter by radio waves.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on October 7, 1954, at 02:30 P.M., at the village of Monteux, Mr. Margaillan witnessed the take-off of a machine posed in a field. At the time when the object flew away, Mr. Margaillan which had run towards the apparatus instead of fleeing, felt a suffocating paralysis which lasted several seconds.

Aimé Michel indicates that his description of the machine is rigorously the same as that by Rene Ott, the witness of the event in Schwoben that same day [the next day].

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

264 -004.99761 48.49200 07 10 1954 19 30 1 MONTEUX-VAUCLUSE F 0011332 C 244

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, Mr. Margaillon saw an object which had landed in a field in Monteux in France. The object had the form of a half-sphere and a diameter of approximately 2.50 meters. The witness sought for air and felt paralysed while he examined the object. The author notes that the sudden lack of air often appears in the statements of witnesses of UFO landings.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

208

Oct. 07, 1954, 02:30 P.M. Monteux (France).

R. Margaillan saw an object that had landed in a field. It was hemispherical, about 2.5 in diameter. The witness gasped for air and felt "paralyzed." (M 145; Magonia)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 7, 1954, in the afternoon, Mr. Margaillon saw an object which had landed in a field in Monteux; it had the shape of a hemisphere of approximately 2 meters 50 in diameter. The witness started to be out of breath and felt "paralyzed."

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

The two authors indicate that in Monteux in the Vaucluse, on October 7, 1954, at 02:30, according to newspaper clips and their personal file, a farmer of this village, Rene Margaillou, aged 40, worked in his fields, between this village and Althen-les-Paluds. He said:

"Suddenly, without I seeing it arriving, I saw an odd craft, at a hundred meters. I stopped my carriage. I blocked the brake of my cart. I advanced in direction of this phosphorescent machine. It seemed metallic, and about round, with a diameter of approximately 2,50 meters. I looked it while advancing. Then a true "oddity" occurred: all of a sudden, it disappeared. As evaporated! Without leaving any trace! And yet, all that, it was quite material! I did not dream!"

The authors note that all the attitude of Rene Margaillou proves that he was not victim of an hallucination, and they wonder whether a starting at a speed close to that of the light which does not leave any retinal persistence took place.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drousiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Monteux in the department of Vaucluse on October 7, 1954 at 02:30 p.m.

Rene Margaillan, farmer, went to his fields on his cart. At a hundred meters, posed in a meadow, he saw a phosphorescent craft of metallic appearance, vaguely spherical, of 2.50 meters in diameter.

Suddenly, he "lacked air" and felt "paralysed", then the machine vanished on the spot, and all became normal again.

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 7, 1954:

"Monteux - 84 - 02:30p.m.: Hoax after investigation."

Elsewhere they note that on October 7, 1954 in Monteux in the Vaucluse, a witness claimed to have been paralysed at the landing of an "object", and that it was totally invented by Mr. Margaillan, whom is still called "Mister Saucer" at the town hall.

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

The two authors indicate that on October 7, 1954 to 14:30, René Margaillon, farmer, goes to work. In the district of La Pourpiasse, between Monteux and Althen-des-Paluds, within approximately 100 meters of him, he sees a approximately spherical machine, phosphorescent, and of metallic aspect, of approximately 2 m 50 height or diameter posed in a field. He told:

"I stopped the carriage and put on its brake. And I advanced, by foot, towards this astonishing object that I managed to observe during a good moment. By approaching, I felt a suffocation; then I was like paralysed. This lasted several minutes. Then the phenomenon disappeared in only one blow, as if it had evaporated on the spot."

The authors note there are several interpretations of a possible effect on the witness depending to the authors:

The witness felt a suffocating paralysis which lasted several seconds according to Aimé Michel in A Propos des S.V., p. 181.

The witness became short-breathers and felt "paralysed" according to Jacques Vallée, case 208, and the G.A.B.R.I.E.L. group's "special paralysis" Ouranos magazine.

He comments on: "Jimmy Guieu, in Black out sur les S.V.. p. 198 quotes: the witness was suffocated by this frightening disappearance. In this case, we do not know if it a physical effects or fear?"

C. Garreau and R. Lavier in Face aux E.T., page 165, do not mention paralysis neither suffocation.

[Ref. mf1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

10/11/1954

Monteux

Hoax, after counter-investigation. B.B.

("B.B." refers to the book by Barthel and Brucker, see references.)

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that on October 7, 1954, Mr. Margaillon saw an object that had landed in a field in Monteux, France. It was shaped like a hemisphere, about two and a half yards in diameter. The witness gasped for air and felt paralyzed during the observation.

Vallée comments that the sudden lack of air is "frequently reported" by witnesses of landings, "as are the peculiar eyes of the small entities: reddish-orange, glowing in the dark."

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

October 7th. Monteux, France, (no known hour)

Another "landing" was supposed to have taken place in the vicinity of Monteux, France, on the 7th when a M. Margaillon encountered a hay stack shaped object on the ground which he estimated was about 8 feet in diameter. M. Margaillon felt so paralyzed for some reason even his breathing was affected and he gasped for air. 68.

  • 68. Vallee, Jacques. Passport to Magonia. Chicago, Ill.: Henry Regnery, 1969. p.85.

[Ref. jf1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND HENRI JULIEN:

In their co-authored book, the two ufologists report that on October 7, 1954, at 02:30 p.m., Mr. Rene M., who lives in the district "la Pourpiasse" of Monteux, goes to his occupations with his horse and his carriage.

He is between Althen-les-Paluds and Monteux when he sees an unusual machine of spherical shape resting in a field withint approximately 100 meters in front of him.

The machine may have had 2 meters 20, it is of metallic aspect appears phosphorescent.

René M. stated:

"I stopped the carriage and put on its brake. And I advanced, by foot, towards this astonishing object that I managed to observe during a good moment. By approaching, I felt a suffocation; then I was like paralysed. This lasted several minutes. Then the phenomenon disappeared in only one blow, as if it had evaporated on the spot."

The authors note the insufficiency of the accounts of a possible effect on the witness among various ufologists who mention the case: according to Aime Michel, he felt a suffocating paralysis which lasted several seconds. According to Jacques Vallée and the GABRIEL group, he had short breath and felt "paralyzed." According to Jimmy Guieu, he "was suffocated by this frightening disappearance." By Garreau and Lavier, there is no mention of paralysis neither suffocation.

[Ref. se1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/10/07 FRANCE, MONTEUX

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76

A witness ran toward a landed UFO in a field. When it took off, he was forced to gasp for air and experienced a suffocating paralysis that lasted for several minutes.

EFFECTS:
Paralysis
Breathing problem

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The ufologist indicates that in 1954, on October 7, in France, in Monteux (Vaucluse), Rene Margaillan, or Margaillou, saw at 14. 30 an object having landed in a field. It was hemispherical and it had approximately 25 Mr. the witness missed air and felt paralysed.

She indicates that the source for this is Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 271.

Van Overmeire notes that all the other sources say the diameter was 2.50 meters, not 25 meters.

She indicates that in Jimmy GUIEU's "Black-out sur les S.V.", Fleuve Noir, page 198, the story is: "He saw an odd machine, stopped its attachment, stopped his cart, put on the brake and advanced in direction of the phosphorescent apparatus. It was of metal appearance and was approximately 2,50 m high, and of rather spherical form. Intrigued, the witness looled at this spacecraft lengthily, then, suddenly, he did not see anything any more. The machine had spontaneously disappeared."

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Thursday October 7, 1954

[...]

At 02:30 p.m. Mr. Margaillon observes an object which had landed in a field of Monteux (France). It has the shape of a hemisphere of approximately 2,50 m in diameter. The witness lacks air and feels paralysed during the observation.

[...]

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on October 7, 1954, at 14:30 in Monteux, France, male witness Margaillan saw a landed object in the act of taking off from a field. He ran towards it and at take off point he suffered paralysis which lasted several minutes.

The source is indicated as the Vallée catalogue.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on October 7, 1954, in Monteux, France, at 2:30 p.m., Rene Margaillon, a farmer, was traveling between Monteux and Althen-des-Paluds when saw a metallic object that had landed in a field. It was hemispherical, about 2.5 meters in diameter. The witness gasped for air and felt "paralyzed."

The sources are indicated as Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 145; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 220; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 131.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vaucluse in Monteux on October 7, 1954 at 02:30 p.m., a witness goes to work. Between Monteux and Althen-des-Paludss, at approximately 100 meters of him, he saw, posed in a field, a phosphorescent apparatus of a rather spherical shape, of metallic appearance, approximately 2 m 50 high or 2 m 50 in diameter.

He said: "I stopped my cart. I put on the brake of my cart. I then advanced in direction of this phosphorescent object of metallic appearance. I looked at it lengthily and, all of a sudden, it spontaneously disappeared, like evaporated."

Luc Chastan notes there are several interpretations of a possible effect on the witness depending to the authors:

The witness felt a suffocating paralysis which lasted several seconds according to Aimé Michel in A Propos des S.V., p. 181.

The witness became short-breathers and felt "paralysed" according to Jacques Vallée, case 208, and the G.A.B.R.I.E.L. group's "special paralysis" Ouranos magazine.

He comments on: "Jimmy Guieu, in Black out sur les S.V.. p. 198 quotes: the witness was suffocated by this frightening disappearance. In this case, we do not know if it a physical effects or fear?"

C. Garreau and R. Lavier in Face aux E.T., page 165, do not mention paralysis neither suffocation.

The sources are indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

Jérôme Beau indicates that on October 7, 1957 at 02:30 p.m. in Monteux (France), R. Margaillon observes an object which had landed in a field and had the shape of a half-sphere of approximately 2,50 (25?) m of diameter. The witness lacks air and feels paralysed during the observation.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 7, 1954 at 14:30, in Monteux, France, R. Margaillan saw an object that had landed in a field. It was hemispherical, about 2.5 meters in diameter. The witness gasped for air and felt "paralyzed."

The website comments: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One ball, about 5 feet across, was observed by one male witness on a farm for over 15 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Sparks, Brad, Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150); Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Vallee, Jacques, Passport to Magonia, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Vallee, Jacques, Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact, Contemporary Books, Chicago, 1988, ISBN:0-8092-4586-8; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Oct. 7, 1954 - Monteux, France. At 2:30 p.m. Rene Margaillon, a farmer, was traveling between Monteux and Althen-des-Paluds when saw a metallic object that had landed in a field. It was hemispherical, about 2.5 meters in diameter. The witness gasped for air and felt "paralyzed." (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 145; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 220, case # 208; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 131).

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

This database recorded the case 13 times instead of one time:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE I
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France 14.30 CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France Afternoon CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France CE II
19541007 07.10.1954 Montreux [sic, Monteux] France
19541007 07.10.1954 Montreux [sic, Monteux] France
19541007 07.10.1954 Monteux France CE II

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. "11" October 1954, 2:30 p.m., Monteux, was a hoax according to Barthel and Brucker: same case or not? confusion of dates?

Keywords:

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

Monteux, Vaucluse, Margaillan, Margaillou, object, landing, large, hemispherical, hemisphere, effects, paralyzed, disappeared, disappearance, round, field, hoax, cart

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 5, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 18, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [kb1], [dj1], [go1, [jb2], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 24, 2010 Addition [se1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 26, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 14, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 7, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 19, 2016. Additions [lg1], [ub1].

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