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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord-Matin, Lille suburb issue, Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France, page 3, on October 6, 1954.


In CHERENG, under the sign of the saucer

The appearance of a saucer on Sunday evening which we echoed in our issue yesterday, upset the calm of the commune. The number of witnesses and their respectability brings new light to what many people take for a joke.

"I saw: I believe in saucers"

It is in these terms that Mr. Fiolet, school principal, answers our questions. Of all the witnesses, there could be no question of choosing a better one than this excellent teacher.

According to Mr. Fiolet, the craft does not land on the gangway, an optical illusion suggesting that this place is the place of landing.

Rushing with his son and one of his students, Mr. Fiolet, saw the craft move beyond Anstaing, in his opinion in the direction towards Sainghin-en-Mélantois.

The object had the shape of a crescent of red color, then while rising it took the shape of a drop, point down and it maneuvered from down to up several times, in this form.

The children who saw the object before the school principal were asked on Monday to draw the shape of what they had seen. The conformity of the drawings leaves no doubt, it is not an optical phenomenon. In addition, testimonies from neighboring villages correspond as to the time and the color of the object discerned.

"I saw one on the ground

It is with this explosive sentence that Jean-Claude Delmotte, 11, admitted his discovery. Questioned, the child replied that being alone he had seen behind the castle a brilliant sphere placed on the ground which flew away, taking the form of an orange drop, then the form of a brown saucer with a central prominence on the above and below. At first motionless with fright, he finally approached the field from which the craft had flown, and noticed traces of webbed feet there - traces seen by his comrades at the end of his story.

Sunday, in the morning, the same child saw a craft moving high in the sky and warned his grandmother, who arrived too late.

The official investigation

Sent by Captain Gandoin, of the gendarmerie of Roubaix, on Monday morning, the gendarmes of Forest-sur-Marque collected the statements of the witnesses and went to the places designated by the child.

Unfortunately, the ground trampled by agricultural carts was no longer marked by "webbed feet."

For his part, the school principal, who invokes the testimony of his wife, is formal about the lucidity of his students.

And until further notice this new episode of the saucer problem ends here.


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