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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 Nord Littoral, Calais, France, page 8, on October 10, 1954.


The chronicle
of the sky

Mulhouse, October 9. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, of Jettingen, an S.N.C.F. employee, said he saw in a field, on his way to work, an aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit inside; which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened, Mr. Ott fled. He had time, however, he said, to notice that a door opened in the craft. The latter moved above him on a distance of 800 meters before disappearing, the gendarmes did not detect any trace.


Le Mans, October 9. -- Mr. Alexandre Trembaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped, for an unknown reason yesterday morning on a small departmental road near Saint-Jean d'Asse and that his headlights went off. He got out of his cabin and saw passing over him a flying red and blue cigar, about a meter long. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the engine of the truck started to run again and the headlights went on again.


Cherbourg, October 9. -- Thursday evening, around 9 p.m., a resident of Octeville (Manche), Mr. Maurice Grestey, designer at the Arsenal, and several of his neighbors saw in the sky at a fairly high altitude a luminous sphere which, after having stopped above the city, disappeared towards the South.


Châteauroux, October 9. -- Mr. Alfred Ramany, 62, resident of Chasseneuil, who had stopped at the side of the road, heard a whistling sound; looking up, he saw a gray machine immobilized about 100 meters above the ground. The craft left at a very fast pace, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Lucien Soulas, 25, of the same commune, declared that on returning from the village of Ligeaud, he had seen a luminous craft of pale orange-red color moving in a north-south direction.


Quimper, October 9. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw, in the sky, a bright gleam which seemed surrounded by dense smoke, this glow, at first motionless, moved towards them at an altitude of about ten meters, it looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Carion family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.


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