This article was published in the daily newspaper La LibertÚ, of Clermont-Ferrand, France, on September 27, 1954.
In the flying saucers field we are encountering a phenomenon well known to professional investigators: the difficulty of getting hold of the witnesses. In the case of accident and criminal cases there are plenty of excuses for this shyness... When it is a matter of seeing "signs in the sky", the risks are certainly less serious; nevertheless they are real. Many people who have "seen sonthing" are reluctant to report it for fear of being ridiculed.
We newspapermen frequently receive letters telling of interesting events several weeks old, containing the admission: "We did not dare to talk about it at the time, for fear of being laughed at."
It is to be feared that our charming and illustrious compatriot by alliance, [unreadable] [...]
You have to admit that these terms of "saucers", of "cigars" [...]
The badly oriented minds immediately think of impressions like those of this worthy civil servant who had had habits "of drunkenness" and had completely lost them. One evening, he explained, that I had drunk too much, I saw my stepmother in double. That was enough to cure me.