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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Avenir de l'Artois, Béthunes, Pas-de-Calais, France, page 3, on August 28, 1954.

See the case file.


It's crazy how we can observe and question the sky during the holidays and the trained eye quickly spots a blue corner announcing the so hoped for sunshine.

In our opinion, this is the reason why, every year during the summer months the flying saucers are put in the spotlight.

We look at the sky and presto... we hang on the flight of one of these mysterious and silent machines which, after three short turns under the celestial dome, vanishes.

Obviously, this year, the activity of these craft seems to be greatly reduced. It is true that behind the protective screen of the clouds, they were able to jump for joy.

And yet a saucer appeared at the beginning of the week in the sky of Vernon. It was even accompanied by a large cigar. Its moves allegedly lasted three quarters of an hour, if the witnesses are to be believed.

As for now, Béthune does not seem to have been been overflown in such manner yet. Unless the people of Bethune are not people with their noses in the air.

In short, it is with this story of flying saucers like with all the extraordinary stories that range from the Lochness [sic] monster to the white man of the Himalayas. We ask to touch to believe, like St-Thomas of course...

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