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The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this website is here.

October 2, 1954, Rians, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 2-oct-54-Rians. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1958, ufologist Aimé Michel, who was mainly busy showing "alignments" of cases of October 2, 1954, mentioned without more detail that there was an observation on October 2, 1954, in Rians, in the south of France, something moving "to the right" i.e. to the west, at a certain hour between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

In 1993 and 1997, ufologist Jean Sider reported that on October 2, 1954, around 8:00 p.m., in Rians, near Sainte-Solange in the Cher department, a luminous ball was observed during about a quarter of an hour. It went down and left to the right.

He would say that this comes from Mr. Desbois, investigator of the group Lumières Dans La Nuit; who had carried out investigations of verifications on the reports of UFO reports of the year 1954 in France. Mr. Desbois did not find a trivial explanation.

Finally, in 2017, author Jean de Quercy, in a catalog for the Cher department, indicated a source of the time: the newspaper Le Berry Républicain fot October 5, 1954, on page 3.

This newspaper, he said, indicated that on October 2, 1954, in Rians, around 7 p.m., the young Jean Rousseau, in the garden of his parents, saw a luminous craft which, having made a turn on itself, rose at high speed.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in Rians, France, in the South-West, moving "to the right" i.e. the West, at some hour between 7 and 8 p.m.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

192 -002.79700 47.18700 02 10 1954 RIANS F 151 C** 170


This ufology bulletin indicated that there was a case on October 2, 1954, in Rions [sic]; which was a part of a "network" of aligned cases of that day, in their opinion.


In this ufology bulletin, Alain Barbe stated that the cases of October 2, 1954, including that of Rions [sic], formed a geometrical shape including parallele lines with growing spacing, which, he thought, could not cased by mere chance. He published this diagram, comprizing however only 8 of the 61 cases or more for that date:

He also published a second map with more cases (but far from the 61 cases), including that of Rians:


On October 2, 1954, at about 08:00 p.m., in Rians, near Sainte-Solange in the département of Cher, a luminous ball is observed for about a quarter of an hour. It goes down then towards the right.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

In his 1997 book on the 1954 French flap, UFO researcher and author Jean Sider notes that Mr. Desbois, investigator member of the private ufology group Lumières Dans la Nuit, who has done counter-investigations on a number of french UFO reports of the year 1954, has investigated a case of mois jour, 1954, at ville in département, and that he could not find any trivial explanation of that case.


3916: 1954/10/02 20:00 1 2:37:20 E 47:11:20 N 3333 WEU FRN CHR 6:9



[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Cher in Rians on October 2, 1954 at 20:00 hours, "a luminous ball is observed during approximately a quarter of an hour. It goes down then goes towards the right."

The source is indicated to be my website at "" - (its old home page URL).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 4 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Rians France 19.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Rians France 19.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Rians France 19.00 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Rians France 19.00 NL

[Ref. jqy1:] JEAN DE QUERCY:

18/12 - 1954 on 02 October - Rians

Around 7:00 p.m. the young Jean Rousseau, who, in his parents' garden, saw a luminous machine which, after having made a turn on itself, rose at high speed.

(Source: Le Berry Républicain for 05 October 1954 p.3)


What would have happened is broken down into different sources that seem to not to tell the same story - there may be two different cases here.

Therefore, I stay with a poorly documented "unidentified".


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

Rians, Cher, ball, luminous, descent, duration


[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 7, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [aml1], [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 2, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.3 Patrick Gross October 4, 2019 Additions [pis1], [pis2], [lhh1], [jqy1], Résumé. Explications changées, étaient "Non encore recherchée."

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