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Beg. October 1954, Saint-Menet, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Saint-Menet. 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. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541009 09.10.1954 St. Menet Milliere France 14.16

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Saint-Menet, Bouches-du-Rhône, day, caretaker, Nestle, cigar, object, gendarme, aluminium

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 10, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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