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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 Voix du Nord, Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France, page 3, September 17, 1954.


in the sky


Abbeville is getting up to date. A gap is filled: the city has its saucer or rather its flying basin.

A respectable 79-year-old widow declares indeed, having seen, one of these last nights, in the sky of Ponthieu, "a flying machine, in the shape of a basin, lit from everywhere, sliding without the sound of an engine between the suburbs of la Portelette and that of Rouvroy, that is to say towards the sea."

The witness particularly emphasizes the majestic beauty of the illuminated object and vigorously denies having been the victim of an hallucination.

We want to believe in her basin, but we are very afraid that all these stories will someday end up "basinating" [=bore] our readers.


Besides, two young electricians from Amiens who, on September 8, stirred the village of Estrées-Deniécourt, claiming having seen a flying saucer land near the National Road, have just admitted that it was only a pleasant joke.

They may pay a lot for their hoax. Because the gendarmes let themselves be fooled. After all, since it is a saucer, nothing more normal that they pay the bill.

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