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Soucoupe volante Ó Saint-Hilaire-les-Loges, France, 1954:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Midi Libre, France, October 26, 1954.

Case file here.


The whole family
and gets no sleep

because "a flying saucer was watching them"

Fontenay-le-Comte, Oct. 25.The flying-saucer obsession continues to ravage the country. The best example is furnished by a farm family at St Hilaire-les-Loges (Vendee), who, terrorised, lived through a dramatic night.

Mrs. Boeuf had just milked her cows for the night, soon after dusk, when, as she emerged from the stable, she caught sight of a motionless luminous disc, at an altitude difficult to determine.

"The saucer seemed to be looking at me", the farmeress was to say later on, when she described the incident.

Abandoning her milkpails, Mrs. Boeuf ran to warn her husband and her three children. They too were able to observe the phenomenon, whose intensity was such that it "shone like the full moon." The saucer now seemed to manifest an intention of coming closer to the ground, and Mrs. Boeuf expressed the idea that "Martians" might land.

Seized by panic, she decided to barricade herself in the farm building.

This was done. All lights were put out and all shutters closed, and the family took refuge in the living room. It was only at the first rays of dawn that neighbours, surprised by the silence which reigned in the house, ventured to the farmhouse.

After the Boeuf family was calmed down and the farmeress cheered with a small glass of brandy, everyone resumed his normal occupation.

In the meantime, the menacing disc had disappeared without leaving any traces.

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