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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord-Matin, Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France, page 1, on October 1, 1954.

See the case file.


The round of the saucers continues...

Two residents of the Yonne saw
a "flying cigar" and its pilot

A few years ago, only some "privileged" could boast of having seen "flying saucers", and moreover, the craft kept their distance...

Today, visual testimonies are multiplying and, moreover, some are claiming that the craft land on the ground. At least, this is what results from the statements of two residents of Diges, in the Yonne.

The first, Mrs. Geoffroy, 59, who seems to enjoy the integrity of her faculties, told the following story:

"I was heading, Friday morning, at around 9 a.m., to the washhouse located below the road from Diges to Les Michauts, when my attention was drawn to a bizarre craft posed in the clearing bordered by wood."

And Mrs. Geoffroy describes the craft:

Made of a cigar, pointed at both ends, curved at the top, towards the middle, approximate dimensions: 4 to 5 meters.

Mrs. Geoffroy continues: "Close to the craft, a man was busy, seeming to make a repair. He watched me pass without saying anything. He was of average size and wore a kind of khaki cap on his head. I became scared and I ran away. Two hours later, when I passed by there, the craft had disappeared."

On very thin skates

This disturbing statement was to be corroborated by a second witness: Miss Gisèle Fin, 16, who kept cows on a small trail near the washhouse.

The teenage girl gives roughly the same description of the craft which, she specifies, rested on very thin skates. She too saw the pilot and, here, the description varies somewhat: it was a helmet, similar to that of motorcyclists, that he wore on his head. He was dressed in a dark color outfit.

Miss Fin's boss, informed, returned to the place a little later; she noticed in the grass two parallel tracks 50 cm apart, seeming to correspond to prints made by skates.

The gendarmes did not arrive until the next day and they found no trace. To them, "the mystery remains whole."

Other residents of Deux-Sèvres, Finistère, Hérault, Pyrénées-Orientales in particular, saw various luminous discs, of different colors, crossing the sky above or in front of them.

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