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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Lons-le-Saulnier, Jura:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Lons-le-Saulnier. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

During the French "wave" of autumn 1954, there were more and more "edifying" stories in the press, hoaxes and various pranks - it is often difficult to know how real or exaggerated they were.

Thus, in the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, on page 4 for October 5, 1954, it was said that "the other day", in a cafe in Lons-le-Saulnier, "a weird being was walking. Small, fat, clad in leather, his eyes hidden by enormous glasses (the kind one uses for spearfishing) with aluminum helmet (an antenna emerging from the helmet) the mysterious being walked without a word. The lower part of his face was obscured by meters of rubber hoses or the kind of gas masks."

The newspaper reports that a consumer of a cafe exclaimed "It is a Martian", that the owner of the cafe replied: "It may be the pilot of the saucer of Prémanon", that the coffee shop room was emptied, and that the "Martian", to drink a pot of Beaujolais, took off his motorcyclist helmet with an arrow of children's rifles crossed with pins, all painted in aluminum, and became again Mr. Roux, of Conbèges, author of the joke.

Reports:

[Ref. lbr1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

Scan

From the "Martian" of Lons
to the "saucer"
of Saint-Aubin-du-Jura

(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS)

At a time when we are talking more and more about a saucer landing in our country, when, everywhere, we see Martians, it is advisable to relate (objectively) two adventures that have just occurred in Lons-le-Saulnier and Saint-Aubin-du-Jura.

* * *

The other day, in a café in the Jura capital, a curious being was walking. Small, fat, clad in leather, his eyes hidden by enormous glasses (the kind one uses for spearfishing) with aluminum helmets (an antenna emerging from the helmet) the mysterious being walked without a word. The lower part of his face was obscured by meters of rubber hoses or the type of gas masks.

"He's a Martian," a consumer exclaimed.

The boss replied: "It may be the pilot of the Prémanon saucer".

The coffee room emptied. "The Martian", to drink a jar of Beaujolais, then took off his motorcyclist's helmet stuck with a children's arrow rifle crossed with pins, all painted in aluminum, and became again... Mr. Roux, from Conbèges, author of the joke!

* * *

Saint-Aubin du Jura, the other day, a mysterious flying craft was wandering in the sky. It shone in the sun sometimes stopped as if suspended, went back forward, backward, right, left, up or down...

Was it one of those famous saucers doing daytime reconnaissance?

Information taken, it was only a "Bell", helicopter purchased by the E.D.F., on board which an engineer was examining the condition of the high voltage power lines.

Explanations:

Negative case, prank.

Map.

Keywords:

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Lons-le-Saulnier, Jura, Roux, prank, occupant, negative case, disguise, helmet, antenna

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