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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-Matin, Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France, page 2, on September 25, 1954.

See the case file.


"The saucer affair"

made of Quarouble
the meeting place
of all reporters from France

The revelations of Mr. Marius Dewilde, of Quarouble who, two weeks ago, claimed to have been grazed by the two passengers of a flying saucer made, of the modest village of the Valenciennois, the meeting place for all the journalists from France and Navarre. For the past two weeks, Mr. Dewilde, or rather Mrs. Dewilde, has had more visitors in his humble little house at the railway crossing 79 than the President of the Council himself.

The "Martians of Quarouble", as one of our sensational colleagues put it, brought representatives of the written and film press to Mr. Dewilde's. Reporters, photographers, filmmakers, etc... questioned their host in every possible way, looking for flaw in his story that could have betrayed him. Pain lost, Mr. Dewilde has a version of the facts that, for the past two weeks, has not varied by an inch.

Those who, in the village itself and around, had peddled the rumor that Mr. Dewilde would be only a visionary, a big mouth, even a hallucinated, should only to be careful. Mr. Dewilde went to the Onnaing police station with the intention of filing a formal defamation complaint against them. Mr. Dewilde, taken for an impostor by a part of his fellow citizens, had another mishap. Tenant of a house belonging to the S.N.C.F., he was summoned, a few days ago to have to leave the premises as soon as possible. Reason: does not belong to S.N.C.F.

To live happily, let's live hidden, said La Fontaine; the formula is good.

Those who might have thought Mr. Dewilde interested would have to abandon this unfavorable prejudice: the Quarouble saucer costs him dearly. He hasn't finished paying the bill. This is an argument in favor of his testimony.


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