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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, pages 1 and 8, on September 9, 1954.

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Did a flying saucer
in the Somme?

It appears from the statements of two workers, that a mysterious craft, Tuesday morning, flew away from a field bordering the road connecting Harponville to Contay.

Having left his home on a bicycle to go to his work in La Houssoye, Mr. Emile Renard, 27, craftsman-mason, living on the road of Doullens, in Acheux-en-Amiénois, was accompanied by his worker, Mr. Yves de Gillaboz, 23, living on the road of Bertrancourt, in Acheux-en-Amiénois.

The two cyclists had crossed Harponville and were heading towards Contay, when their attention was drawn to a large object placed in a field about 200 meters on the right of the road.

It looked like an un-

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finisshed haystack, they say. And the somewhat rounded top looked like an inverted plate. Intrigued, the two men jumped from their machine and, running, entered the fields in the direction of the gray-colored object, which might have been ten meters in diameter. It oscillated a little, but made no noise and on its wall there was a sort of door wider than it was tall, which was closed.

However, declares Mr. Renard, while preceding my companion I had crossed fifty meters, I saw the apparatus which rose in diagonal, while a smoke escaped by a kind of pipe placed in its lower part. Then at a height of fifteen meters, the machine continued its vertical ascent more and more quickly, and it finally disappeared from the view of the two men who, dumbfounded, asked themselves what phenomenon they had just witnessed...

At the gendarmerie of Acheux-en-Amiénois, where the two men were interrogated at length and separately, the most complete silence is kept, taking care not to deny or confirm what remains a mystery for all.

MM. Renard and de Gillaboz were also taken to the place where they had seen the craft. But there, no trace was found on the ground.

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