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UFOs in the daily Press:

French saucer flap of 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Est Républicain, France, October 1, 1954.


Saucers here, cigars there, blue, red, green, depending on the region

Mysterious flying machines multiply

The waltz of flying saucers continues to grow. But it must be observed that according to the regions where they are seen, according to the observational capacity of the witnesses of their evolutions, they affect the form of disk, globe or cigar, and are sometimes red, sometimes bluish. Finally, in Czechoslovakia, they have the particularity of releasing anti-communist leaflets. Here are the regions where they have been reported in the last 24 hours:

- In the Pyrenees-Orientales, a truck driver, who was collecting milk in the vicinity of Cabestany, saw in front of his vehicle a "bluish globe", bluish-colored "which evolved at an altitude of about 15 meters, Producing a very soft hum ".

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the evolutions of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour, then suddenly it would have risen in the sky and disappeared in direction of the sea.

- In the Deux-Sèvres, a "sparkling yellow disk" was observed at Auge, in Sainte-Pozenne and in Fontenay-le-Comte.

- In Finistère, the inhabitants of Landeda and the Aber-wrac saw, at high altitude, a machine of circular shape "resembling a saucer".

- Near Montpellier, Mrs Picot de La Baume stated that at an altitude of about 1,500 meters she saw a cigar-shaped device, shiny, which seemed to be surrounded by a halo. The machine, which she could observe for a minute or so, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making a sound or leaving a trace.

- Near Melun, several inhabitants of the commune of Rebais saw a strange machine, very bright, circulating at night fell in the sky. They pointed out that the apparatus which circulated very slowly had then turned towards Coulommiers, having increased its speed, and had disappeared. C.R.S. also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

Red in Kourigra
Blue in Safi

- In Morocco, credible witnesses saw in the sky of Kourigra, about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a machine of circular shape, red in color, evolving at a high altitude and at a high speed, and which seemed to spit out Flames of a blue-green color.

Near Safi, on the other hand, the device had the shape of a cigar, moved at high speed, was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail.

Anti-collectivist saucers

Finally, the "flying saucers" reported regularly for some time in Austria, according to the "Bild Telegraf" in Vienna, are guided missiles used to drop anti-communist leaflets over Czechoslovakia.

The newspaper reported that leaflets written in the Czech language were found near Efferding in Upper Austria (Soviet zone), after the passage of two "luminous discs", the changes of which were observed by two gendarmes of a locality neighbor. These leaflets, circulated by a group of emigrants belonging to the "Czechoslovak Opposition" movement, invite the peasants of Czechoslovakia to leave agricultural collectivities and state cooperatives.

Two other dailies also mention the testimony of several peasants who claim to have seen a "saucer" caught in the beam of a Soviet D.C.A. searchlight.

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