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Flying saucers in the 1954 French Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Rouergue RÚpublicain, France, page 4, on September 18, 1954.

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Do the United States keep in custody a "saucer" whose pilot fled in a safety "cigar"?

Since the extraordinary offensive of unidentified flying craft these last months, the public opinion is more and more impassioned with the enigma of the "saucers".

Whereas no really convincing answer was brought yet, nevertheless, the "saucers" problemis tackled from now on with serious, by serious people.

Even the newspaper "La Croix" which cannot be suspected to lack serious just poured into the saucers file a document which is indeed the most precise narrative and the most puzzling we could read so far.

This document "emanates from an American technician, witness and participants of events which occurred, several weeks ago, somewhere in the United States".

The author kept most strict anonymity "The newspaper" not wanting "to compromise the information closely linked with the course of the facts. Here is the story:

I work near an helicopters base. One day, whereas I was busy with my occupations, I saw from a distance a machine of an unknown shape land at the edge of the grounds. I grabbed a telescope and noticed an apparatus whose description matched the traditional saucer. A being of human appearance camed down, collected stones, ground, grass, and took a nest in a bush. Then the strange character went up in his vehicle which disappeared in a few seconds.

The base personal had not been able to intervene, for all happened very fast. These facts caused a deep emotion to all those who witnessed it.

A few days later, a saucer landed in the middle of the grounds. Its pilot, like the first time, put foot at ground and bent towards his machine as if he wanted to check its operation.

PALALYZED BY A MYSTERIOUS FLUID

Decided to shed light on this strange landing, we rushed towards the saucer.

We were within a few tens of meters of the unknown, when he stood straight, saw us, and immobilized us by I do not know which fluid. Then, after having looked at us for a while. He circumvented the saucer, climbed in a kind of "cigar" posed beside the apparatus and took off vertically We had hardly recovered from our surprise, while we had recovered the freedom of our movements.

A SMALL STOCKY BEING...

The saucer had remained on the ground. We did not know what to do, having the image of the being which had just fled still in our minds. He was of small size, very squat, and had an quasi ape-like appearance. His body or hiss clothing was covered of long hair From his face we noticed only extremely sharp and brilliant eyes.

But, the saucer was in front of us. What did it contain? Our engineers decided to undertake its study at once.

A DOOR WAS CUT WITH A BLOWTORCH

It was noted first of all that it was hermetically closed. Not the least trace of a practicable opening. There was a cupola and port-holes but no visible engine. It rested on three hollow stems posed each one on small skis.

We had to cut out a door with the oxydric blowtorch. It was very difficult. The metal - unknown - which formed the external carapace of the saucer was extremely smooth, resistant, and showed neither stamping, nor fitting.

Our chemists analyzed a fragment of it. They noted that they were in the presence of a very heavy alloy, of gold, lead and iron, but starting from these elements and respecting the observed proportions, they were unable to reconstitute it.

NO ENGINE!

The interior of the saucer was entirely papered of a kind of fibre resembling rubber. A rather heavy gas filled up two thirds of the machine: artificial atmosphere? Fuel?

Some levers were laid out around the port-holes, but we could not do anything with them. In the same way, we did not find any engine.

It seems that the pilot drove "on all four" on the floor. We found kinds of "suction cups" corresponding to the location of the "hands" and the "knees". But on each of those we raised six inprints...

That is what I saw with several of my comrades. We were the only witnesses. The American authorities made a "blackout" on this affait which still has not filtered in the Union's newspapers...

Should it be said that we were upset by all that we saw and that we cannot forget it?...

Note: The fact I show this newspaper article does not at all mean that I think it tells a true story. Absolutely not. On the contrary, this is obviously of a pure fabrication in my opinion, a text written in fact by a Frenchman, and I suspect it was a science fiction author and flying saucers buff.

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