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UFOs in the daily Press:

The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Gazette Provençale, Avignon, France, France, page 2, on October 2, 1954.

See the case file.


About the
flying saucers

We recounted the day before yesterday, the conditions under which, one of our distinguished fellow citizens, Mr. Léon Saigne, baker at Military Handling, had seen a strange luminous machine in the sky when he was returning from a might motorcycle ride.

This fact which, moreover, is no longer an exception has been repeated to us, is confirmed by another witness, Mr. Richaud Gabriel, driver at the Minoterie Chevalier in Sorgues, who accompanied Mr. Saignez on his walk.

We were also able to reach MM. Saignez and Richaud, at the Manutention Militaire where in the presence of Mrs. and Mr. Bourgin, the distinguished director, they were able to satisfy our curiosity.

It was Mr. Saignez who first saw the luminous craft in the sky while he was riding his motorcycle. He immediately slows down, inviting his colleague to do the same in order to show him the strange apparition.

What did they saw? An oval object surrounded by a very vivid glow, seemingly animated by a rotating movement and passing not far from them at a very high speed.

Seized with terror, they did not think of stopping the engine of their motorcycles, which prevented them from hearing wether the craft emitted any sound.

MM. Saignez and Richaud Gabriel, whose good faith cannot be doubted, are convinced that this is not a jet plane and much less a natural phenomenon.

Note that a mysterious craft was also seen by Mr. Georges Fontaimpe, tailor, in Avignon.

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