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The 1954 French flap:

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Probably October, 1954, unknown place, unknown department:

Reference for this case: Oct-54-bb3.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1979, two ufologists who had turned "skeptical", Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker, published their book "La Grande Peur Martienne", supposed to demonstrate that the entire wave of "flying saucers" of 1954 in France, if not all UFOs, was made only of farces and misinterpretations.

In order to illustrate their opinion on the indigence of the reports in the Press, they gave the following extract, the source of which they indicated as the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 6, 1954:

"Messrs Georges Bertin and Penaud, reputed to be serious people, saw above the marsh, a round device: "double" and "arched" in the middle."



The two authors indicate, in order to illustrate their opinion on the poor content of the saucer reports in the press, the following extract of which they indicate that the source is the newspaper Sud-Ouest, for October 6, 1954:

"Messrs George Bertin and Penaud, known as serious people, saw above the marsh, an apparatus of round shape: "double" and "curved" in the middle."


Marsh gas?


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

Multiple, marsh, round, double, George Bertin, Penaud


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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross November 5, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 22, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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