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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Voix du Nord, local issue of Valenciennes, France, page 5, on October 19, 1954.




Saucers or cigars, whatever the name given to them, continue to occupy the Valenciennes sky. In Saint-Saulve, in particular, Saturday, around 7:45 p.m., a mysterious craft could be observed by dozens of witnesses: it was moving in the direction of the border, parallel to the National road from Valenciennes to Quiévrain.

Among the people who observed it, we gathered the opinions of residents of avenue Jean-Jaurès. Mr. Marcel Trinez, hairdresser, and Misses Decarpentry, who run a grocery store near his home. The craft appeared to them "oval in shape like a disc seen from a distance," Mr. Trinez said. It had light reflections, much like the moon, and was moving at a speed similar to that of an airplane, but without the slightest engine noise being heard. No confusion with a known machine seems possible, each one having had the leisure to observe it well. Numerous residents of this city, notably from rue Duchesnois, from the Grand'Place or from the Marais have been able to make the same remarks and are very affirmative.

The mysterious craft also seems to have been seen by Valenciennes residents. Mr. Wallez, mechanic, avenue Carnot; Mrs. Jacquemart, in particular. The latter, who was at the place "Le Maquis", found it in the shape of a parachute, but cannot explain its "yellow-orange" luminosity.

[Photo caption:] Mr. Trinez and Miss Decarpentry, of Saint-Saulve, who saw from their door step an unknown luminous craft moving in the sky.

(Photo "La Voix du Nord")

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