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The 1954 French flap:

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October 8, 1954, Bois de Boulogne, Hauts-de-Seine:

Reference number for this case: 8-oct-54-Bois-de-Boulogne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The national newspaper Paris-Presse, of Paris, for October 3, 1954, wrote:

"...one of our readers, Mr. Lucien Bordet, assures us that Thursday at 7:30 p.m., a "sphere" descended from the sky to land near him on the Bagatelle sports ground. There came out three gnomes, one of which was "a woman with six breasts". They danced a ballet around him..."

The national newspaper France-Soir, of Paris, for October 9, 1954, wrote:

"M. Lucien BORDET, storekeeper, 9 rue Lapérouse, Paris, saw at the Bois de Boulogne three "beings" of 1 meter in height, dressed in luminous outfits and wearing helmets whose portholes concealed their eyes. One of them, who appeared to be the chief, had 'six rotundities on the abdomen'."

In the FRANCAT catalog published by Michel Figuet in November 1985 in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #257-258, the story appears as a close encounter of the third kind of October 8, 1954, evaluated "very dubious", and coming frpm the "Alain Gamard file".

Reports:

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucer with crutches, musical top
and flying can

in Seine-et-Marne, in the Nord
and in England

We did not yet see a flying saucer land on Orly airfield. It is a very sad. But one of them, if we believe two roadmasters, landed in a field not far from the airfield of Quinay-Voisins, near Melun.

- The object, they said, was oval in shape and was about three meters in diameter by 2 m. 50 high. At the top there was a sort of translucent dome. The whole craft shone like aluminum...

It was in broad daylight. The saucer was 200 meters away. The two men, MM. Bernard Goujon and Bernard Pichet, wanted to approach.

- At 150 meters, says Mr. Goujon, I felt tingling as if I had touched an electric current; it was not painful, but I felt like I was paralyzed and my eyesight was blurred slightly. After a moment, the saucer rose slowly and silently to thirty meters from the ground, stopped for a few seconds, then disappeared very quickly.

Traces were found in the field at the location of the saucer; they are about ten centimeters deep and the dimensions of a human foot...

A carpenter from the Cambrésis saw in the sky a "musical spinning top", of coral pink color, two cyclists from Montceau-les-Mines witnessed the take-off of a "dark yellow cigar" and an Englishwoman from Halifax said that she had seen "flying yellow-tailed beer cans..." In Perth, Scotland, two women claim to have seen flying "snails" and, in Jordan, a flying cigar with strong light resembling neon lighting would have crossed the sky. Finally, one of our readers, Mr. Lucien Bordet, assures us that Thursday at 7:30 p.m., a "sphere" descended from the sky to land near him on the Bagatelle sports ground. There came out three gnomes, one of which was "a woman with six breasts". They danced a ballet around him...

[Ref. fso1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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According to the account of the "witnesses"

The average Martian measures from 1 meter to 1 meter 20 wears a motorcycle helmet and does not speak French

The most recent testimonies of the strange passengers of saucers, cigars, and various apparatuses that landed in different regions of France agree on one point: the supposed Martians are small and different from those who appeared in Portugal and measured 2 m. 50.

We summarize the witnesses report that can give an idea of what might be the "average Martian":

Mr. Marius DEWILDE, 34, metallurgist in Quarouble (Nord), saw two beings measuring one meter, with wide shoulders, but apparently without arms. They were dressed in diving suits and fitted with helmets. They pointed at the witness a ray that paralyzed him for a few seconds.

Mr. Pierre LUCAS, a baker in Loctudy (Finistère), saw an "individual" measuring 1 m 30 come out of a saucer and patting him on the shoulder uttering unintelligible sounds. His face was oval and hairy and his eyes were "the size of a raven egg".

Mr. André NARCY, 48 years old, a roadmender in Mertrud (Haute-Marne), saw a 1.20-meter-tall being disembarking from a saucer "dressed in a coat covered with hairs".

Mr. Antoine MAZAUD, from Bugeat (Corrèze), saw a "medium-sized" being wearing a motorcycle helmet.

M. Lucien BORDET, storekeeper, 9 rue Lapérouse, Paris, saw at the Bois de Boulogne three "beings" of 1 meter in height, dressed in luminous outfits and wearing helmets whose portholes concealed their eyes. One of them, who appeared to be the chief, had "six rotundities on the abdomen".

[Ref. hie1:] "HISTOIRE DE L'INSOLITE":

Lucien Bordet, a storekeeper in Paris, even met Martians in the Bois de Boulogne. "There were three of them, no more than a meter tall, they had luminous outfits and portholes helmets, and the one who looked like the leader of the expedition had six rotundities on his belly..."

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CASE Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
147 CE3 10 08 1954 hnp [hour not specified] Bois de Boulogne TD [Very dubious] (FG)

Explanations:

Prank.

It is obvious that this Mr. Lucien Bordet sent his tall-tales to several newspapers...

Keywords:

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

Bois de Boulogne, Hauts-de-Seine, occupant, being, Lucien Bordet, storekeeper, Paris, Martians, three, small, outfit, luminous, helmets, portholes, bulges, belly

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 13, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross August 18, 2019 Addition [hie1]. Explanations chaged, were "No credibility."
1.3 Patrick Gross January 7, 2020 Addition [ppe1]. In the Summary, addition of the Paris-Presse version. In the Explanations, addition of the paragraph "It is obvious..."

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