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End of September 1954, Brignoles, Var:

Reference number for this case: end-Sep-54-Brignoles. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



VAR 83 - Brignoles - End of September 1954 - 9 P.M.

A tradesman of Brignoles, Mr. R...., returned from Toulon by car accompanied by his wife. The latter, in the plain from Néoules to Garréoult, had her attention drawn by an object of an intense luminosity, planted in the ground, having the form of one of these large cigars which are still used as sign at the fronts of tobaccos/bars.

Seized by fear, she begged her husband not to stop. He continued to drive, but a few hundred meters further, he stopped, and noted that the luminous object had disappeared.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Gareoult in the Var in September 1954 at 21:00 "One day of the end of the month, the witnesses return from Toulon, between Néoules and Garreoult. Mrs. R... has her attention drawn by a luminous object planted into the ground and resembling a tobacconist's shopsign (like a large cigar). Frightened, she urges her husband not to stop. The katter continues his driving, but, some hundreds of meters further, he stops to note that the luminous object had disappeared."

The source is noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 21:00 between Neoules and Gareoult, Neoules, France, "Luminous cigar landed in field, witnesses keep on driving."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by two witnesses in a pasture for two minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


At this time in France, almost all "bar-tabacs", that is to say a shop where you went to buy cigarettes and a newspaper which often was also a bar where to drink a coffee or a beer or a glass of wine, had this signpost nicknamed "a carrot" at their front:

Bar Tabac


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

Brignoles, Var, tradesman, car, road, Néoules, Garréoult, object, luminous, landing, red, cigar, frightened


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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross December 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 15, 2010 Addition [lc1].

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