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THE 1954 FRENCH FLAP IN THE PRESS:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Journal du Centre, France, on October 29, 1954.

A "craft" in the sky of Vichy

VICHY. -- Returning by Vespa from Clermont-Ferrand, one of our fellow-citizens, Mr. Jean Lalle, aged 25, living street of the Sport in Vichy, saw at 09:15 p.m. on the road from Effiat to Vichy, at little distance from the milestone marking the limit between the departments of Allier and Puy-de-Dome, a craft rise vertically and without any noise. It appeared to take off from a meadow at about fifty meters from the road; it was lit and, curious detail, the engine of the scooter of Mr. Lalle stopped when the lights of the craft ignited.

After having taken altitude, the machine extinguished its fires and disappeared in the black night.

Having been able after the departure of the craft to restart the engine of his scooter without any difficulty, Mr. Lalle resumed his travel to Vichy and on his arrival went to make his disovery filed at the police station to the inspector in duty.

Mr. Lalle who is a balanced boy judges that he was not victim of an hallucination. For more peace of mind, he went yesterday morning to travel the same trip: his Vespa did not even stop despite he had a passenger on the back seat. Mr. Lalle easily found the place of takeoff of the mysterious apparatus but did not find traces. He also interrogated the owners of a nearby farm: those did not see anything, and due, as they were in bed at this late hour (for the countryside).

Case file here.

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