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UFOs in the daily Press:

The Chinese lanterns of Beuvry-les-Béthune, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Echo Nogentais, of Nogent, France, page 1, on October 9, 1954.

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- Disillusionment... When a large number of French people began to believe that the flying saucers and other mysterious craft were really of Martian or Venusian origin, we learn that a retired miner from Beuvry-les-Béthune was manufacturing to distract himself hot air paper balloons 3 meters in diameter with a container containing a tow soaked in alcohol at their base. The liquid in flames, the hot air made the "saucer" rise in the sky, with yellowish and orange reflections.

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