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UFOs in the daily Press:

The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, Dijon, France, pages 1 and 6, on September 26, 1954.


Did a flying saucer
land in the Yonne?

The witnesses - two women - are formal
and "traces" were noted

Auxerre (from our P.C.). - Friday morning, Mrs. widow Geoffroy, living in the hamlet of Les Jolivets, commune of Dizes [sic] (Yonne), was going to join the wash house where she usually works, at a place called "En Bécard", when her attention was attracted by a strange craft resting to the left in a clearing.

It was a "flying saucer" type craft, as the press has described it for a few weeks.

Elongated, measuring six or seven meters, the cigar (seen in profile) was brown in color with a bulge at its upper central part. Beside, a man of average height was looking at Mrs. Geoffroy, who got scared and did not return until two hours later.

Fortunately, another person, Miss Gisèle Fin, who kept her goats on the other side of the wood, was warned of this unusual presence by the barking of her dogs. She saw, about thirty meters away, a crouching man, appearing of normal height, who was busy around a machine.

Continued on page 6, under the title



This craft is described in the same way as Mrs. Goeffroy did.

Miss Fin carefully brought her goats back along a path towards the road in order to have a better look, while being safe. She took her eyes off the apparatus for three or four minutes. When she wanted to look again from the road, she saw nothing. Silently, craft had disappeared.

On the dew, where it had been seen, there were traces of dry grass, 50 centimeters apart, attesting that the saucer, mounted on skates. "I saw them clearly [sic]," said Miss Fin, had indeed landed there.

Other people passing by a few moments later could verify it.

The declarations of the Icauneses correspond to those given by a peasant from Bugeat, who saw an identical craft and a person on the plateau of Millevaches, in Limousin.

A month ago, a resident of Dize, hamlet of Varennes, Mrs. Lucas, saw a craft which was hovering and which, all of a sudden, soared vertically. It was a superb moonlight. Mrs. Lucas dared not say anything, for fear that she would be laughed at.

Does the region of Dize, due to the presence of heaps of ocher extracted from the wells of Sully, attract, by its light spots, the attention of observers of interplanetary ships?

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