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UFOs in the daily Press:

The Col du chat sighting, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré, France, September 30, 1954.

See the case file here.

SUNDAY AT 05:15 P.M.

Dr Martinet of Chambéry
and about fifteen people
observed above the Nivolet


Chambery, September 28. --

To date, Dr. Martinet, dermatologist in Chambery, attached no importance to the "flying saucers, cigars" and other devices of the same kind.

Methodical, and careful observer, he did not believe!

But as recently as last week, a social worker stated that told him she had seen in the sky of Bourg-Saint-Maurice a superb flying saucer, he answered with a shrug!

It is well annoyed of his disbelief today as he was able, Sunday between 5:18 p.m. 5:15 p.m., to watch over the cross of the Nivollet and Mont Revard, the maneuvers of a mysterious machine having striking similarities with the said saucers...

Former artillery observer, Dr Martinet conducted his observation objectively and knowingly and the report he proposes to submit to the prefecture will be more detailed.

The Doctor is not the only one to have observed the phenomenon, his wife and three students from the airbase of Bourget-du-Lac, and the occupants of three cars, a total of about fifteen people who can corroborate the evidence; which moreover, given the personality of the Doctor and his great habit of observation, is not questionable...

But here are the facts: "It was around 5 p.m., we were returning by car from the Col du Chat, when suddenly saw above the Croix du Nivollet at around 2000 meters and on the edge of the hazy area, a dark grey aluminum mass. Having exceeded the air base, I stopped my vehicle. Three other cars did the same, and we followed with our eyes the maneuvers of the saucer.

First I thought of a rainstorm, but the wind blew from the Northwest and the phenomenon came from the south!

30 seconds later, when we were fifteen people to observe the machine, it went down like a dead leaf, then appeared in the form of a soup plate, whose relief was facing up, then upfront as a perfect disc.

We observed that a clearer area occupied the center of the disc, and dark spots were all around.

After that, the saucer came directly below the cable car station of Revard, went down a little, then suddenly disappeared like lightning!

According to the observation angles, it changed color from aluminum gray to a very dark to lighter gray.

At 5:19 p.m., it disappeared, the phenomenon lasted a little over four minutes, which allowed me to set on a notebook, the various steps of its maneuvers, and minute it..."

The Doctor then presents the diagram of the tormented path that the saucer followed, and let's not say anymore to Dr. Martinet and the fifteen witnesses who observed the phenomenon that the saucers are just fluff!

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