This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire, September 14, 1954.
Case file here.
AGAIN A SAUCER NEAR VALENCIENNES
An inhabitant of Quarouble sees two small helmeted beings get in it
A new flying saucer is said to have come down from the sky and to have landed in the night from Friday to Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on the territory of Quarouble, close to Valenciennes, near the railway crossing 79, on the railway used by the national collieries.
"It was 10:30 p.m.," Mr. Marius Dewilde, aged 34, noted, "when my attention was drawn by the barkings of my dog. Believing in the presence of prowlers in my farmyard, I went outside equipped with a flashlight. At less than six meters of the door of my dwelling, I saw a dark mass. In a small path, emerging in my grazing ground, I saw two small men who ran towards the railway crossing. I directed the ray of the lamp. The ray was reflected on the head of the one of them as on glass. Besides, this head appeared rather large to me, but I did not have time to detail it, at the same time the door of the machine opened. A sharp light dazzled me as it would have happened with a magnesium flash. Dazzled, paralysed by the fear, I saw the door being closed again, the apparatus oscillate slightly, rise at some tens of meters, then to slip by like a flash in the direction of Anzin, i.e. towards the west."
Mr. Dewilde, invited to describe the saucer, further indicated that it was of round form, maybe conical. According to his indications it was estimated that it could be approximately three meters high and six meters in diameter. At the time of its rise, it let escape a little smoke and reddened until resembling a ball of fire. When he had recovered his spirit, Mr. Dewilde went to awake his wife, a neighbor, and ran to the gendarmerie, then to the police station of Onnaing. Police chief Gouchet found in front of him a man shalking of all his members, suffering of intestinal contractions which obviously excluded the assumption of an act. In his district, Mr. Dewilde has the reputation of being a balanced and intelligent man.
Yesterday, the Air Police force came to inspect the location, but no trace were found. It was only observed that a piece of the ballast had been recently exposed.