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UFOs in the daily Press:

The October 15, 1954, balloon over France:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Auvergnat de Paris, Paris, France, page 6, on 23 octobre 1954.

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MAYRINHAC. - Friday October 15 in the afternoon, one announces: "We also had our saucer!". East of Mayrinhac, direction Leyme and about 1,500 meters high, I saw in the sky a very small shiny spot, like a strand of metal heated to red. When viewed through binoculars, the object has hardly changed in appearance. Looked at last, by means of a telescope, the object became clearer, appreciably a sort of balloon, transparent, frosted, in the shape of a pear or an electric bulb erect at the top, with at the bottom, an appearance of frame, inside, a temperate light. What is unexplained is the fact that the luminous globe remained visible for more than 3 hours in the same place, as immobile as an electric bulb in its ceiling. I put it 20 times in the axis of the telescope; always the same place, the same shape, the same moderate luminosity (it was in broad daylight), the same total immobility, as if the object had been fixed or hung on a fixed point. It is this fixity, this immobility that is an enigma. I was not observing when the luminous globe stopped shining and I cannot say how it disappeared.

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