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UFOs in the daily Press:

The saucer landing rumor in Estrées-Deniécourt, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Courrier Picard, France, page 2, on September 10, 1954.

See the file on this affair.

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"Flying saucers" in the Picardy sky?

The investigation opened at Estrées-Deniécourt hits the "law of silence"

As we reported yesterday, the charming town of Estrées-Deniécourt, following "trustworthy statements", according to the usual expression, was in a stir on Wednesday evening because, it seems, a crowd of people had noticed, in a wood, on the way to Soyécourt, between the localities of Estrées-Deniécourt and Foucausourt-en-Santerre, the presence of a flying saucer.

Undercover first, publicly then, the claims of one and another had quickly spread, even to the town of Aubervillers where a local resident, agricultural worker at the briquetterie in Villers-Carbonnel had "pushed the audacity" up to touching the curious object.

The official investigation provoked by public rumor first, and our article next, seems to have temporarily paralyzed the tongues of most of the "privileged" who approached "the strange luminous body".

Indeed, including a team of Amiens electricians, working near the "landing area", all eyewitnesses to the strange phenomenon have kept of the Martian object only a very fleeting vision and are unable to give, for lack of dimensions, even approximate, a very vague idea of this "ghost aerial ship".

All this is really not serious and we must deplore the ease with which the facetious and... the convinced are making he general public accept probably imaginary arguments that they embellish and still argue more for the needs of the cause.

Of course, you do not have to have seen a flying saucer to believe in flying saucers. Just as it is not necessary to have seen New York to believe in the existence of America. But come on...

Will the slightest meteor be renamed? Will the smallest sounding balloon be transformed in people's minds? Can we also imagine that this psychosis of flying saucers which currently exists, will soon cause clouds of crows to be taken for these strange celestial bodies? [*]

Let's keep our feet on the ground and avoid "harassing" journalists, even by phone, when they don't take it seriously.

[*] This will actually happen, just 6 days later.

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