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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Est Républicain, France, on October 20, 1954.

See the case file.

Near Saint-Tropez

Well-diggers claim to have seen the Virgin appear to them

Saint Tropez. -- The story of a strange apparition which a well-digger from Saint-Tropez and his assistant claim to have witnessed a fortnight ago in Ramatuelle (Var) is beginning to cause a stir in the region in already attracting groups of pilgrims.

Mr. Marius Giraud and his worker, Mr. Duperrier, were busy finishing the construction of a well on the territory of the commune of Ramatuelle. It was broad daylight. All of a sudden, Mr. Duperrier, who was leaning towards the bottom of the well, saw with astonishment stars reflected in the water. "He raised his head, says Mr. Giraud, and quite pale, his eyes wide open, he said to me: "Look, behind you..." "So, continues the well-digger boss, I saw the Blessed Virgin two or three meters away. She had on a long blue dress and wore a golden crown on her head. She stretched out her arm towards the sea, in the direction of Pampelonne, and disappeared in a kind of cloud".

It was at this place that the first French liberation forces landed in 1944 and it was off this same bay that the submarine "La Sybille" sank in September 1952. The two visionaries are indifferent to everything related to religion.

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