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UFOs in the daily Press:

THE 1954 FRENCH FLAP IN THE PRESS:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Provençal, France, page 5, August 27, 1954.

Will the photograph communicated by Mr. Alyon overcome the skepticism of Marseilles about the saucers?

A resident of Marseilles has "photographed" saucers!

To the "flying saucers" and "flying Cigars" file, Marseilles can add only one testimony, that of Mr. L. Alyon, 2, Colbert street, to whom we owe the photographic document illustrating this article.

We give below the report that Mr. Alyon communicated to us:

Observation a flying saucer and a cigar flying above Marseilles.

Date of the observation: Monday, August 9, 1954.

Time: 07:30 p.m.

Location: Marseilles.

Weather conditions: partial fog.

Direction: appearance: East; disappearance: West.

Color: beginning dark auréolé, haloed, scintillating with the acceleration.

Approximate dimension: six times the cupola observed at the back of the photograph.

Approximate altitude: three times the height of the hills.

Approximate speed: normal at the beginning, supra-sonic at the departure.

Duration of the phenomenon: two minutes.

General description and observations: dark spherical craft, luminous in its periphery, joining a second cylindrical object being behind the fog, emitting a sort of luminous flickering, the saucer then made an sudden 45° turn towards the West and merged with the second object which disappeared at a supersonic speed in the cited direction."

Let's not offer any comment, we are not qualified!

Let us notice however that in th matter of "flying saucers", Mr. Alyon, though resident of Marseilles, was much less favoured than these two Norwegian girls (see "La Provence" for yesterday Thursday) who conversed with a pilot of an interplanetary apparatus. Ah! These people of the North! In Marseilles, what d'you want? We're satisfied to formulate wishes when shooting stars rain. Eventually we would risk an observation but we are not "saucer-hiking" (yet).

L.-G. G.

Case file here.

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