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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord-Eclair, Roubaix, Nord, France, page 2, on October 20, 1954.



The flying saucers continue to invade the sky... and the columns of the newspapers.

The psychosis of these celestial craft continues to develop.

Public opinion, which is passionate about this problem today, is divided into two: the "saucerists" and the "anti-saucerists."

After the discovery, not far from their home, of the Portuguese joker who sent paper "saucers" into the sky... the people of Bethune were not the last to mock these kinds of unusual craft.

Thus, supporters of the existence of "flying saucers" were only a small minority.

It is no longer so since yesterday, an abrupt change of majority took place by the news of the appearance in the Béthune sky of a "real flying saucer!"

From the pharmacist to the butcher, from the butcher to the deli, from father Thomas to father Camus, the news spread around town like wildfire: two men, one from Vendin-lez-Béthune, the other of Beuvry, had "seen with their own eyes", for a few seconds, "a disc of fire similar to the full moon... which suddenly lengthened by the base, like a rugby ball, then took on the indigo color, then withdrew towards the southwest of Bethune (towards Annezin), sketching a trail of sparks."

These two witnesses are called Mr. Louis Decourcelle, 54, transporter, rue de la Mairies, in Vendin-lez-Béthune; the second, Mr. Julien Vanarien, 35, from Beuvry-Gorre. The latter was accompanied by Mr. Julien Vannée and Mr. Jules Delbart.

These people think that others, like them, may have witnessed this bizarre appearance.

Will there be other testimonies?

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