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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Courrier de Valenciennes, Valenciennes, Nord, France, page 2, on October 2, 1954.

See the case file.


Because of Mars

He is threatened to go live... on the Moon!

Mr. Dewilde, a man who, in Quarouble, allegedly saw not only this mysterious craft which we baptized "Flying saucer" but also its two occupants, must not be far from cursing the day when this strange adventure occurred!

These revelations made of the modest village of the Valenciennes region where he lives, the meeting place for all the sensation press in France and Navarre.

Reporters, photographers, filmmakers follow one another in the humble abode of railway crossing 79.

In addition to the inconvenience that these untimely visits give him and these more or less sneaky interrogations in the hope that Mr. Dewilde contradicts himself in his version of the facts the latter is now exposed to malicious attacks from some fellow citizens. One is accusing him of being a visionary, a crackpot, a hallucinated, or even an impostor?

The concerned one, exasperated by these rumors, threatened to file a defamation complaint against his detractors and went for that to the Police Commissioner of Onnaing.

But this is not the most serious in the history of the "Quarouble Martians." Tenant of a house belonging to the S.N.C.F., Mr. Dewilde was told, a few days ago, to have to leave the premises as soon as possible. Reason: does not belong to the S.N.C.F.

There you go! "To live happily, let's live hidden," says popular wisdom. Mr. Dewilde experiences it.

If the man is a liar, let's face it, his joke is expensive and he must start to regret it.

If on the contrary he really lived the adventure he told, let us bet that if one day he sees his "Martians" again, he will be tempted to kick them... in the moon.

If he relies on the promises of the government to find a new accommodation, he will remember that, for some time, the characteristic of Governments has been to promise the moon.

From our colleague "L'Observateur."

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