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The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme, France, page 2, on October 20, 1954.


in the sky of Boulogne

Flying saucers are obviously a hot topic of the day.

Two friends can no longer meet without asking each other the question: "Have you seen one?"

At the beginning of the apparitions, many were skeptical; however, people's opinion has changed with the influx of these devices in the skies of France.

Until now, one could think that the population of Boulogne and the region, except those of Ambleteuse, would not see a flying saucer pass.

Various testimonies that reached us yesterday seem to confirm the existence of these mysterious devices.

In order not to be called a "joker", various people from Boulogne and the surrounding area, worthy of faith and not victims of hallucinations or celestial phenomena, as it frequently occurs, did not want to, after "observing" the "saucer", tell those around them.

And it is on condition of anonymity that they kindly gave us some details about the "apparition".

First of all, two Boulogne residents who were walking down rue de la Lampe towards Capécure, at 11:45 p.m., were surprised to see in the sky, towards Le Portel, a bright red disc, the diameter of the moon.

The radiant color of the disk struck them immediately, for it was so different from that of the planet. The two friends therefore stopped to observe the "phenomenon". Their wait was not long since they saw the disc clearly oscillate then rise vertically at a dizzying speed and disappear into the sky!

Very moved, the two friends looked at each other and made the same reflection: "We just saw a flying saucer!"

"We just saw a flying saucer!"

On the way home, one of them looked at the calendar to make sure there was no moonlight. There was not.

In addition several other people from Pont-de-Briques also assured us that they had seen a red globe that was moving in the sky above Ecault.

Two railway workers saw the phenomenon during the same evening.

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