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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Voix du Nord, France, page 1, on October 14, 1954.

See the case file.


Ten to fifteen percent
of the observations remain
rebels to any "natural" explanation

This is the conclusion of a serious investigation
of the
American and
British military authorities


There was a very curious atmosphere the other Monday, at the weekly session of the Academy of Sciences.

To tell the truth, the layman was mistaken: the scientists read their notes and communiqués in the midst of the ordinary hubbub of private conversations; there was no talk of sensational discovery, and only a specialist could have been interested in scholarly commentaries on a point of transcendent mathematics, molecular chemistry or entomology. However, it is precisely in these personal conversations, in these word of mouth whispers that was a great part of the interest of the meeting

Continued on page 10, col. 3 under the title:

This photo was taken on
October 2 near Ambleteuse

It was on October 2, around 4:30 p.m., while he was in the dunes of La Pointe aux Oies, halfway between Wimereux and Ambleteuse, that Mr. Emile Turpin, inspector of the S.N.C.F., in Boulogne-sur-Mer, took this photo.

Mr. Turpin, who had come to photograph the cave of Neolithic man - a place well known to tourists - readied his camera and succeeded in taking at a distance estimated at about 2000 meters, this document that we reproduce with all the usual reservations.

"A craft - of medium brightness - was passing through the sky at a very high speed," said Mr. Turpin. A keen eye could tell that it was neither an airplane, nor a helicopter, nor an airship or a flying wing. It was impossible to give a name to this fast and brilliant object going from west to east.

When Mr. Turpin took this photo, the sky was absolutely clear.

The village that can be seen at the bottom of the document is that of Ambleteuse.

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