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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, local issue of Bruay, France, page 6, on October 7, 1954.

See the case file.



At the start of the morning on Wednesday, a friend told us (ironically) his annoyance at not having seen a flying saucer yet.

To reassure him, we answered him in the same tone, offhand:

"Do not worry, we will soon see some under the sky of Bruay. In fact, they are discreetly made in Beuvry."

Because, finally, it was abnormal that people saw these strange machines in all directions, and that in Bruay nobody witnessed it.

We too wanted to hear a compelling story from a Bruaysian. We didn't care that the saucer was shaped like a cigar. The main thing was to find a serious witness.

And we found one. The big deal!

It was approximately 2 p.m. when a person working in an establishment in the rue Victor-Hugo put us on the trail.

An hour and a half later, we were at the places indicated by our correspondent. It wasn't more than a kilometer away. That is to say all our eagerness and our... skepticism.

"Get in touch, we had been advised, with the Café Macke, place Marmottan, you will be informed."

There, Mr. Macke taught us, with a fine smile, that indeed his young maid, Miss Yvette Dutailly, saw in the morning, a curious object in the sky. Neighbors did too.

Our report was full of promises. In the absence of Mlle Dutailly, we spontaneously went to M. Decouvelaere, trader. He was just ready to go. Good thing we got there on time.

- "So? .. Did you see one?"

- "One what?"

- "A saucer, of course!"

- "Come on, tell us! What was it like? Normally it should be round. But that doesn't matter... What color?... In what direction was it heading?... Didn't you see Martians?

We couldn't wait to know all this.

Mr. Decouvelaere and his wife, who attended the interview, have (unfortunately) both feet on the ground.

"That's right, we saw a weird object this morning in the sky. It might have been 10 o'clock. It had a round shape, silvery in color. We followed it with our eyes for a minute, then it sank into the clouds. No, it didn't make any noise."

"It was not going fast. It seemed carried by the winds, from the direction of Bethune towards Divion."

"As for saying it was a flying saucer, that's another matter."

We were disappointed. Our report deflated like a balloon. Too bad. Next time...

Next time, and we are informing all our volunteer correspondents, come to us only under the following conditions:

The saucer will have to sparkle. Let itr land near you. Let one of the occupants speak to you intelligible, in Martian, of course!

Ah, but!..

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