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October 9, 1954, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes:

Reference number for this case: 9-Oct-54-Nice-2. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In their 1979 book on "close encounters" in France, ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon indicated that in Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on October 9, 1954, at 11:15 p.m., Mr. Valicale, an inspector from the Nice mobile brigade observed a luminous craft heading south at high speed.

The authors indicated as source the newspaper La Montagne in October 1954, and their personal archives.

Reports:

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors and ufologists indicate that in Nice in the departement of Alpes-Maritime, on October 9, 1954 at 11:15 p.m., Mr. Valicale, a police inspector of the Nice mobile squad, observed a luminous machine moving towards the south at high speed.

The authors indicate that the sources are "La Montagne" in October 1954 and their personal file.

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates in her catalogue that in 1954, on October 9 in France in St Chamas and Nice, "at 20:15 one observes in St Chamas a disc letting out a very thick smoke of fire color, which disappears suddenly by taking altitude above Nice. At 23:15 Mr. Valicale observes in Nice a luminous craft moving at high speed towards the south. Mr. Soulié observes a disc resembling the full moon and leaving a luminous trail."

The source is indicated as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 140".

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Alpes Maritime in Nice on October 9, 1954 at 23:15 hours, "a witness, police inspector, observes a luminous craft moving towards the south at high speed."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

Explanations:

Insufficient information, possible meteor.

Map.

Keywords:

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Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, night, Valicale, police, craft, luminous, fast

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [goe1], [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 14, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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