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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of November, 1954, Frévent, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Nov-54-Frévent. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the local newspaper L'Abeille de la Ternoise, from Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Pas-de-Calais, it was reported on November 6, 1954, that in a field somewhere near Frévent, which had contained alfalfa, three large circles about 10 meters in diameter were very visible, as all traces of greenery had disappeared.

A couple of city dwellers reportedly made this discovery and had no doubts that these were traces of the landing of three flying saucers; it had taken "a good quarter of an hour to convince our friends that it was simply a field where three cows had been put on the stake..."

Reports:

[Ref. abe1:] "L'ABEILLE DE LA TERNOISE" NEWSPAPER:

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ECHOES

- The fact was very clear... In this field located somewhere near Frévent, and which had contained alfalfa, three large circles detected very well, about 10 m. in diameter, where all traces of greenery had disappeared. The couple (city dwellers) who made this discovery had no doubts: they were traces of three saucers. The place was also ideal, in the shelter of a wood, invisible from the road and moreover it is in a game reserve prohibited to everyone. It took a good quarter of an hour to convince our friends that it was simply a field where three cows had been on the stake...

Explanations:

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This is obviously a "negative case": its prosaic explanation did not require an investigation or intervention by any ufologist, and from the first publication, the case is immediately presented as a "solved" matter.

There are however funny "echoes of the future..." in it. In 1978, two Englishmen inspired by the cases of "traces of saucers" began to create "circles" in the fields, which will eventually after a few years almost create a "phenomenon per se", the "crop circles."

I showed years ago that there is absolutely nothing more than hoax, land art and "New Age" business in the "crop circles" file. They are made by people, they were first of all a farce to make believe in saucer landings, and later became a true artistic activity, which some still mistake for extraterrestrial or otherwise strange "messages"...

Crop circles buffs picked up a few stories from the 1954 French wave in an attempt to demonstrate that all this did not start with the two English in 1978. For example:

But the "crop circles experts" did not find, or did not publish, this story.

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Keywords:

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Frévent, Pas-de-Calais, crop circles, traces, landing, saucer, rounds, field, negative case

Sources:

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Document history:

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