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UFOs in the daily Press:

The Harponville landing, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Authie, Authie, Somme, France, page 2, September 11, 1954.

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HARPONVILLE

A mysterious machine rises in the Picardy sky! -- Tuesday morning, Mr. Emile Remard, 27, craftsman mason, in Acheux-en-Amiénois, had left his home by bicycle to go to his work in Lahoussoye. He was accompanied by his worker, Mr. Yves de Gillaboz, 23, also living in Acheux-en-Amiénois.

Both were driving normally when, around 7:15 a.m., when they had crossed Harponville and headed for Contay, their attention was drawn to a large object posed in a recently mown field, about 200 meters and to the right of the road.

This machine was in the shape of an unfinished haystack and the top was somewhat rounded and looked like an inverted plate.

Intrigued, the two men jumped from their machine and, running, entered the fields in the direction of the machine.

Faster than his companion, Mr. Renard left him somewhat behind. Approaching and not taking his eyes off the engine, he was able to realize that it was dirty gray in color and could be about ten meters in diameters [sic]... and oscillated somewhat.

Mr. Renard had traveled fifty meters when he saw the craft rise diagonally, while smoke escaped through a kind of pipe placed in its lower part.

He thus arrived at fifteen meters of height. At that moment, it abandoned the diagonal and its ascent continued vertically and more quickly.

For a few minutes, MM. Renard and de Gillaboz followed the craft, as it climbed, it was more and more difficult to see it and it eventually disappeared.

Faced with this strange phenomenon, our two men gaped, as if dumbfounded, wondering if they had not been in the presence of one of these famous... flying saucers!

During their statements, both of them produced a clear impression of sincerity.

Having spoken to residents of Lahoussoyse about what they saw, the latter alerted the gendarmerie.

During the day, MM. Renard and de Gillaboz were interrogated at length and separately. They were taken to the place where they saw the craft. There, no trace was detected on the ground.

Nevertheless, the statements of the two men are clear and precise.

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