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The 1954 French flap:

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1954, Alès, Gard:

Reference for this case: 54-Alès.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the fall of 1954, the national sensation magazine Radar had offerred 1 million old francs for an "authentic photograph of a saucer", they received some, and one of these images published in the magazine and labelled "fake", as shown in a 1965 TV documentary, was:


[Ref. rdr1:] MAGAZINE "RADAR":



Probable hoax.

Weekly magazine Radar, at the time of the 1954 French saucer flap, started a first contest offering a million old francs to whoever would deliver a Martian to them. The magazine then launched a similar contest to reward any authentic photograph of a flying saucer:

Radar magazine contest.

On February 14, 1965, the ORTF showed a television documentary about the flying saucers, during which fragments of the Radar article appeared. I have neither the entire radar article nor his date of publication.

The image shown in [rdr1] appeared in this magazine among others, as one of the photographs which were sent to them and which the magazine "definitely rejected", and the image is said to have been taken in Alès.


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Alès, Gard, photograph, saucer, night


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 16, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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