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UFOs in the daily Press:

The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Observateur, France, page 1, on September 29, 1954.

See the case file.


Because of "Mars",

he is threatened with going to... the moon!

Mr. Dewilde, the man who, in Quarouble, allegedly saw not only this mysterious machines which one baptized "Flying saucer", but also its two occupants, must not be far from cursing the day when this strange adventure happened to him!

These revelations made of the modest village of the Valenciennes area where he lives, the meeting place for all the sensation press in France and Navarre.

Reporters, photographers, filmmakers follow one another in the humble abode of railway crossing 79.

In addition to the inconvenience caused by these untimely visits and these more or less sneaky interrogations in the hope that Mr. Dewilde will vary in his version of the facts, the latter now sees himself exposed to the malevolence of certain fellow citizens. Isn't he accused of being a visionary, a big mouth, a hallucinated, even an impostor? The applicant, exasperated by these rumors, threatened to file a defamation complaint against his detractors and went for that to the Police Commissioner of Onnaing.

But this is not the most serious in the story of the "Martians of Quarouble". Tenant of a house belonging to the S.N.C.F., Mr. Dewilde was served a few days ago, to have to leave the premises as soon as possible. Reason: does not belong to the S.N.C.F.

There you go! "To live happily, let's live hidden," says popular wisdom. Mr. Dewilde experiences it.

If the man is a hoaxer, let's face it, his joke is expensive and he must start to regret it.

If, on the contrary, he really lived the adventure he told, let's bet that if, one day, he sees his "Martians" again, he will be tempted to send his boot back... to their moon.

And if he relies on the promises of the government to find new housing, let him remember that, for some time, it is the habit of governments to promise the moon.

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