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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, Dijon, France, page 1, on October 6, 1954.

See the case file.


The happy pensioners was not counting his
"flying saucers" anymore

Lille, 5 (A.F.P.). - A retired miner, from Beuvry-les-Béthune, known in his town as a joker, did not miss the opportunity, offered to him by the mystery of the flying saucers, to have fun at the expense of the inhabitants of the neighboring localities.

Inspired by the hot-air balloon system, the happy retiree made devices that reached three meters in diameter. The envelope was made up of sheets of strong gray paper, carefully glued. At the base of the "saucer" was a small receptacle in which rested a tuft of tow soaked in a flammable liquid. It was then sufficient to ignite the tow to see the machine rise and disappear with the winds, surrounded by yellowish and orange reflections.

It was following the discovery, near a stack of straw to which one of these devices had almost set fire, that the gendarmes were led to suspect the pensioner. One was to discover at the latter's, many models of "flying saucers", prototypes that their inventor was preparing to launch into the sky of the Nord.

The hoaxer claimed he had already built and launched over a thousand of these devices. The ex-miner will undoubtedly be condemned to fines for dangerous amusement.

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