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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 September 9, 1954.

See the case file.


A flying saucer
landed in the Somme

Amiens, 8 (A.C.P.). - It appears from the testimony of two workers that a mysterious craft flew off on Tuesday morning from a field bordering the road connecting Harponville to Contay, in the Somme.

Having left his home by bicycle to go to his work, in La Houssoye, Mr. Emile Renard, 27, masonry craftsman, living on route de Doullens, in Acheux-en-Amiénois, was accompanied by his worker, Mr. Yves de Gillaboz, 23, living on route de Bertrancourt, also in Acheux.

The two cyclists had crossed Harponville and were heading towards Contay, when, according to them, their attention was attracted by a large apparatus, posed in a field, about 200 meters on the right of the road:

"It looked like an unfinished haystack," he said. "And the somewhat rounded top looked like an upturned plate."

Intrigued, the two men jumped off their machines and ran into the fields in the direction of the gray craft; which could have been about ten meters in diameter. It swayed a little, but made no noise and on its wall one could make out a kind of door wider than it was high, which was closed:

"However, declares Mr. Renard, being ahead of my companion, I had traveled about fifty meters, I saw the apparatus which rose diagonally, while a smoke escaped by a kind of pipe, placed in its lower part. Then at about fifteen meters in height, the machine continued its vertical ascent and more quickly."

It ends up disappearing from the eyes of the two men who, dumbfounded, wondered what phenomenon they had just witnessed.

At the Acheux-en-Amiénois gendarmerie, where they were questioned at length and separately, the most complete silence is kept, one is taking care not to deny nor confirm what remains a mystery for all.

Mssrs. Renard and de Gillaboz were also taken to the spot where they saw the craft. But there, no trace was found on the ground.

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