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The 1954 French flap:

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October 1954, Montabon, Sarthe:

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




A farmer sees one and shoots his rifle to a tree

A farmer of Montabon was leading recently, in the night, his oxen in the meadow. Arrived at the enclosure, he suddenly saw at some distance a Martian who stared at him, he left there the two oxen and ran to the country. He was quick to call for the rescue, two of his neighbors, and here goes the party of three, one carrying a lantern, the two others rifle on the shoulder... The Martian was at the same place still staring at the newcomers which could not help in sending him as welcome two 7 shots. But the Martian remained impassive. Those advanced by still staring ironically at the earthmen. Courageously, however they arrived soon at the foot of the trunk of an old tree having a somewhat human form and from which a shining glowworm imitated the eye of the Martian...


In Montabon (Côte-d'Or) a farmer shot with his rifle at a smiling "martian", but the "martian" was luckily only an old tree.

Short discussion:

There have been several cases where people thought to see martians in the shades at night, or event shot at the martian, for example at Sinceny on October 15, 1954.

However, the contradiction in the number of Martians at one point in this newspaper story, and the general tone and lack of details and names in this case, make me suspect that the newspaper simply invented such a story here.

"UFO-Skeptics" love such stories. However, it must be noted that no serious ufologist denies that people sometimes make confusion, or that there was an atmosphere of Martian invasion in France in 1954. It remains that in such cases, the Martians are quickly identified, they do not fly up in their saucer but stand still until their true nature is discovered.


Confusion or story invented by the newspaper.


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

Montabon, Sarthe, rifle, shoot, shooting, martian, tree, glowworm, multiple


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0.1 Patrick Gross July 12, 2007 First published.
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