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Beginning of November, 1954, Nogent-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne:

Reference for this case: Beg-Nov-54-Nogent-sur-Marne.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


A funny article in the US newspaper The Baltimore Evening Sun of Baltimore, Maryland, on page 4 for November 20, 1954, reported that it has been reported from Paris, on November 19, that a policeman from the peaceful hamlet of Nogent bravely got out of his bike and cycled to stop "a little Martian" who would have landed in an orchard.

He found the machine and the crew but no arrest was made. The machine was a helicopter and "the little Martian" identified himself as Henri Ziegler, one of the highest officials of the Ministry of Transport, said this newspaper.




Continental Diary

France Ready To Welcome Martians in Flying Saucers

Paris, Nov. 19 -- Flying saucers are still popular topic No. 1 throughout France. A village gendarme in the sleepy hamlet of Nogent valliantly pulled out his cycle last week and pedaled off to arrest "a small Martian" reported to have landed in an orchard.

He found both machine and crew but no arrest was made. The machine was a helciopter and "the small MArtian" identified himself as Henri Ziegler, one of the top men in transport ministry.

Meanwhile, Count Leon de Faucenbert, evidently a blue blood who believes in the old tradition of noblesse oblige, has presented $3.000 to the National Fetes Committee to ensure that the first visiting Martians are received in true French spirit of hospitality.

Getting smartly into the act, the Moulin Rouge has offered to stage an honors ball for visiting planetariums.



Henri Ziegler (Photo below), born in 1906 in Limoges and deceased in 1998 in Paris, was a French aviator and aeronautical engineer. WWII esistant, he was chief of staff of the French Forces of the Interior (FFI). A major figure in the French aerospace industry, he was responsible for the Concorde project and one of the founding fathers of Airbus Industries.

At the beginning of 1954, he was General Manager of Air France.

Henri Ziegler.

So it would be him that the policeman of Nogent would have wanted to stop like Martien...

Is this not an extremely dubious story, obviously invented by a newspaper, probably the Baltimore Evening Sun?


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Nogent-sur-Marne, Nogent, Val-de-Marne, Gendarme, Henri Ziegler, helicopter, occupant, Martian, landing, misinterpretation, invention, hoax


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