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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, Dijon, France, page 1, on November 3, 1954.

See the case file.


In a field, near FORBACH

A flying saucer
was allegedly photographed
from 12 meters away

"At 12 meters of the craft, shaking from head to toe, I took three photos... and the camera fell from the hands!"

This is the extraordinary statement of a young man from Lorraine, Mr. Jean Gerault, who lives in Stenay, near Forbach.

In support of his statements, Mr. Gerault brings three pictures, on which we can quite clearly distinguish the classic silhouette of a flying saucer, motionless one meter above the ground: a circular craft, in the form of an inverted plate, surmounted, in its central part, by a dome pierced by two portholes, from which a violent glow emerges.

This reflects off the nearby grasses and brush.

It was Saturday evening that Jean Gerault made this fantastic encounter, in the meadows near the road from Welferding to Ippling.

Noticing a strange and bright light in the field, he walked towards it, and reaching a few tens of meters, saw the contours of the craft.

Trembling with fear, he said, but impelled by an even stronger curiosity, he crept up behind the brush, using the ditch, and thus came, behind a log, a dozen meters from the craft, whose diameter he estimated at 6 meters, and the height at 2 meters.

In the pocket of his gabardine, he had a small camera, a Kinax Junur. Groping, in the shadows, he focused, took three pictures, then, without asking for more, bent in the ditch, fled.

A minute later, Jean Gérault suddenly saw the saucer rise obliquely, without anything announcing its departure, except an increase in the intensity of its light.

"The craft made no noise," the young man said, "I could hardly hear a slight hum, like that made by an electric motor in operation."

It is with the greatest caution that this sensational story should be received. An investigation is underway.

So far, no deception has been detected. However, two aspects of the affair leave room for doubt: the witness is a professional photographer, and, on the other hand, it is surprising that having had the courage to approach the "monster" he did not have the reflex to photograph the takeoff, which would have dispelled all doubts.

In any case, if the story is true, this is certainly the most sensational document to date in the "flying saucers" file.

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