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The French 1954 flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime, France, page 1, on September 24, 1954.



Lodève, 23. -- The mysterious craft commonly called "flying cigar" reported in Puy-de-Dôme and in the sky of Rome was seen Saturday September 18, at 6 p.m. very precise by three trustworthy inhabitants of Lodève, in the north of the Hérault department, when it was operating at around 1,500 meters of altitude. The object was heading south.

Witnesses were able to observe a tapered bow for almost five minutes, towing a brightly lit fire-red globe and moving silently at approximately the speed of an ordinary plane.

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Châteauroux, 23. -- Returning from tour during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes from Châteauroux, MM. Courtaud and Peninon declared to their chief to have seen, between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., above La Fleuranderie, commune of Montierchaume (Indre), a luminous machine immobilized in the sky at a height of about 1,500 meters, then two others of greenish color at a greater altitude. The three mysterious objects, after having veered at right angles would have taken the direction North-West, South-East.

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Nancy, 23. -- Mr. Louis Moll, country guard in Oberdorf (Moselle), said he saw, Sunday at around 9:15 p.m., an intense gleam coming from space and touching ground east of Tromborn.

This glow, like that of a neon tube, added the guard, and coming from an object of fairly large proportions, changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll claims to have seen "black dots" move silently.

The object, motionless for almost 40 seconds, started to rotate and made an almost vertical ascent, taking the appearance of an orange ball and flattening before disappearing at a dizzying speed, in the South-East direction. The total duration of the phenomenon was approximately one minute.

The authorities that recorded this statement have opened an investigation.

... in the sky of France

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