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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 10, on October 23, 1954.


Counter-offensive of the saucers?


THE SAUCERS abandoned our skies so lenient this week. They are found again. Indeed, Norway and Sweden know in their turn the suspended luminous ball turning on itself and spinning at an incredible speed.

The Swedish Defense Service has reported that unusual celestial phenomena, believed to be meteors, have been observed at various places in the west, center and south of Sweden.

Eyewitnesses observed two globes which moved close to each other from west to east, projecting a very bright white light which became reddish at the edges. Suddenly the objects gained altitude and disappeared.

Several people said they saw four globes that moved two by two from northwest to southwest. They specified that these objects were "bigger than the biggest stars" and left streaks behind them.

In the Norwegian sky, around Kongavinçer, located about 80 kilometers northeast of Oslo, several people saw several luminous objects crisscrossing the sky at an extraordinary speed, from west to southeast, to disappear on the horizon after a few seconds.

Some witnesses claim that these fireballs exploded in their course.

It was, according to most observers, a giant fireball that would have ignited on contact with the atmosphere.


A farmer from Morestel (Isère) noticed that a strange device was in a field.

What increased his surprise was that an intermittent light emanated from the device.

It was a sounding balloon with its recording devices which include bulbs whose light would vary, it seems, according to certain temperature conditions.

The farmer shipped the balloon and the devices to the Trappes Observatory (S.-et-O.).


A motorist in the Cherbonnières region (Charente-Maritime) reports that, while driving in the company of his son, aged 3 and a half years old, he suddenly felt on his body "tingling sensations like electric shocks which worsened as he advanced."

The car engine suddenly stopped and the headlights went out.

The child then started to cry and at the same time a bright gleam passing from bright red to orange blinded the motorist. They saw a craft which remained motionless in space. Then the flying saucer disappeared and the driver had no difficulty in starting the engine.

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