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The 1954 French flap:

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October 1954, Vic-le-Fesc, Gard:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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Saucer in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

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rance in the sky of Vaucluse.

Our correspondent being on the phone with the air base, from where one communicated by radio with the planes, it was easy to guide the planes towards the saucer.

After two turns on Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the planes took altitude and dove right at the reported object.

The radio of the planes announced that the saucer was in sight, that they took it in pursuit, but that it escaped at a speed higher than theirs. Indeed, from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the saucer was clearly seen rushing away with the two jets in pursuit.

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Such is the version which has been just communicated to us by the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and it is that which we would have published if our manager Mr. Roland Fraissinet had not precisely been yesterday, at the Orange air base, where he performed his weekly flight on "Mistral".

Thus we can give to our readers the version of the pilots of Orange, which differs rather appreciably from that of the inhabitants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Around 1 p.m., the secretary of the town hall of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse phoned the officers lunchroom of the Orange base to announce a saucer at the vertical of his town hall. This information was received with a mixture of enthusiasm and circumspection, but the precise details given were such that the commander of the one of the wings of the base phoned a few moments later with the mayor of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

The latter confirmed the indications given by its secretary and caused the general hilarity of the pilots present around the phone by specifying that the saucer was motionless within four hundred meters at the vertical of the fountain (undoubtedly the pilot was thirsty). At this precise moment, a commander of the squadron was on the point of taking off for a routine mission and the presence of the object was reported to him. A few moments later he was at the vertical of Fontaine without seeing the least saucer.

During the remainder of the afternoon, several pilots, among those our manager, passed at the vertical of the famous Fontaine, during various missions, without managing however to locate "the object" in a sky without clouds.

At 03:30 p.m. a new phone call announced the saucer at the vertical of the Mount-Genèvre, but this time nobody took it seriously, and no fighter plane from the base was diverted to intercept it.

Some facetious pilots even planned to go last night to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to introduce to the local population two chained Martians, whose roles were to be held by two pilots of the base covered with their impressive equipment of altitude flight.

As for the mysterious object, one finally wondered in Orange if it were not quite simply a weather balloon which one had seen passing a few hours earlier in the direction of the south-east.

And so are born and killed many saucers, undoubtedly!

Saucer and cigar in Vic-le-Fesq and in the sky of Nimes

One of our important Parisian newspaper publishes an important report on saucers, cigars and Martians.

Each day, a French locality is visited by the Martians or Martian girls and everyone tackles the problem of the veracity of these appearances.

Many witnesses of these appearances do not dare to report it by fear of drowning in the ridiculous.

It is not our idea to give an opinion on the existence or non-existence. Let us simply report these facts, which are reported to us.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, at 00:40 a.m. exactly, a resident of Nîmes, Mr. Dupuy, returning from the movie theater in company of his wife, saw, near the camp of the Garrigues, at the place known as the Farmhouse of Rouvière, an object having the shape of a "rugby ball", having green port-holes and seemingly resting on crutches.

For an unknown reason, the machine suddenly took its flight, passed from dark red to orange, and disappeared in the sky while leaving behind a trail of fire...

Other witness:

In Vic le Fesc, Mr. Reynaud, returning to his place towards 7 p.m., saw in the sky "a blazing cigar in the shape of a bread flute", which moved quickly towards the North-East..."

A "round object" in Saint-André-les-Alpes

SAINT-ANDRE-LES-ALPES (C.P.). -- Yesterday evening, many people saw for the first time in the sky dominating the Chalvet mountain, a round object.

With the observation glasses, a disc showing green, yellow and red reflections, seemed to make rotations on itself. This phenomenon lasted 45 minutes approximately.

ABOVE AUBAGNE

AUBAGNE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at 06:15, p.m., residents of Aubagne saw a kind of cigar flying across the sky in the south-north direction. Testimonies coincide as for the color of the craft, green with white reflections.

Some ten employees of the S.N.C.F. station were witnesses of this display.

One of them told us: "I saw a kind of ball, but whose contours were rather vague. I saw it during three seconds approximately."

In addition, Mr. Alexis Artufel, fruit and vegetables wholesaler, told us: "I was at the steering wheel of my car, on the bridge of La Demande, when I saw a kind of rocket having the shape of a cigar suddenly fly fast towards the north; it was of green color with a white halation."

A FLYING CIGAR IN THE SKY OF MANOSQUE

MANOSQUE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, at nightfall, a score of inhabitants of our city, among whom misters Maurel, café owner, Entressangle, transporter, Rose, E.D.F employee, Dini, conveyor, and several of our police officers saw a craft in the shape of a cigar stopped just above the Mount-d'Or. At the end of a few moments, the craft resumed its travel while spreading a strong gleam.

Two witnesses saw a saucer in Tourves (Var)

TOURVES (C.P.). -- Misters Maurice Brémond and Henri Ollivier, resident of Tourves, in the Var, saw in the evening of yesterday, at approximately 6 p.m., a craft having the shape of a flying saucer, at approximately 1.000 meters of altitude, and moving towards Marseilles. Sparks spouted out of the "saucer."

A green ball in the sky of Marseilles

One of our readers, Mr. L.J., who was yesterday, around 06:10 p.m., opposite the Samaritaine on the quay of the Port, clearly saw passing while moving towards the North, a light-green ball, leaving behind itself a luminous trail.

"Is it a flying saucer, he told us, I do not know at all. However, the green ball, I really saw it..."

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Possible meteor.

Keywords:

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

Vic-le-Fesc, Gard, Reynaud, night, cigar, blazing, bread flute, fast

Sources:

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