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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 9, 1954.

See the case file.


Did a flying saucer
near Amiens?

Two masons say it
with disturbing precision

According to two workers, a mysterious craft took off on Tuesday morning from a field bordering the road which links Harponville to Contay, near Amiens.

Having left his home on a bicycle to go to work in La Houssoye, Mr. Emile Renard, 27, a mason craftsman, living on the road from Doullens to Acheux in Amiénois, was accompanied by his worker, Mr. Yves de Gillaboz, 23, living on the route de Bertrancourt in the same locality.


The two cyclists had crossed Harponville and were heading towards Contay, when 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, they say. And the somewhat rounded top looked like an inverted plate."

Intrigued, the two men jumped from their machine, and while running entered the fields in the direction of the gray-colored object, which may have been ten meters in diameter.

It oscillated a little, but made no noise, and on its wall there was a sort of closed door wider than it was tall.


"However, declares Mr. Renard, while preceding my companion, I had crossed fifty meters, I saw the apparatus rise in diagonal, while a smoke escaped by a kind of pipe placed in its lower part. About fifteen meters high, the machine continued its vertical ascent and faster."

And it ends up disappearing under the eyes of the two men who, dumbfounded, wondered what phenomenon they had just witnessed.

At the gendarmerie of Acheux-en-Amiénois, where the two men were interrogated at length and separately, one remains completely silent, taking care not to deny or confirm what remains a mystery for all.

MM. Renard and de Gillaboz were also taken to the place where they had seen the apparatus. But there, no trace was found on the ground.

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