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The 1954 French flap:

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Mid October, 1954, Amiens, Somme:

Reference number for this case: Mid-Oct-54-Amiens. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Courrier Picard for October 23, 1954, informed that one of their readers had sent them six photographs which were taken successively, several days earlier in the afternoon, near Amiens.

Their reader told them that the object he had photographed was round in shape, moving silently across the sky and appearing to swing at times. After 10 minutes, he said, the object was gone.

The newspaper indicates on the one hand that there is a halo which surrounds the object and which is rather disturbing; on the other hand they say that the film, examined carefully, did not reveal any tampering.

A photographer of the newspaper photographed a rugby ball thrown in the air for comparison, but the newspaper did not draw firm conclusions.

The newspaper published four of the six photographs:

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Reports:

[Ref. cpd1:] "LE COURRIER PICARD" NEWSPAPER:

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THERE IS SAUCER
AND SAUCER...

The document we are publishing above has been given to us by a reader. It is one of six photos taken successively, several days ago, near Amiens, in the afternoon. Our correspondent describes the object he photographed as being round, moving silently in the sky and appearing, at times, to swing. After 10 minutes, he says, the object disappeared.

We showed this document to several people who said they saw a "saucer." The shape of the object - the different shapes, rather; because we give three other photos on the magazine page - correspond to what some of them saw. The halo surrounding the object is quite disturbing. In the photos on the magazine page, we find the "cigar shape" and the "lens shape". Finally, the film, carefully examined, reveals no retouching. So is it a saucer?

But... because there is a but! We tried the counter-test.

You will find at the top of our "magazine page", a photo that looks curiously like this. It was obtained by one of our photographers, by throwing a rugby ball into the air... The shape of.. the object appears, there too, disturbing. It also corresponds to what some people have seen. And yet!...

It is difficult, as we can see, to conclude. We thought, at least, useful, to allow our readers to make this edifying comparison.

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At the top, the "fake" saucer: it's a rugby ball.

Below, from top to bottom, the "real" (?) saucer. The comparison of the three documents reveals variations in form. On the last one, you only see one lens in the cloud, to the left of the foliage.

Explanations:

There are only two possible solutions to this case, which has been completely overlooked in the ufology literature.

Either it is an extraterrestrial craft, or the photographs are those of an object thrown in the air and the story is an invention.

The case has of course no evidence that the first solution would be the correct one.

Keywords:

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

Amiens, Somme, photographs, photo, saucer, rugby ball, single, anonymous, daytime, disc, lens, halo, cigar, silent

Sources:

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Document history:

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