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UFOs in the daily Press:

The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Courrier Picard, France, pages 1 and 2, on October 8, 1954.

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In the Dordogne, a farmer
claims to have been approached
by two passengers
of a "flying tureen"

LIMOGES, October 7. -- A farmer from Chaleix (Dordogne), Mr. Garreau, said on his honor that he had seen a "flying tureen" land in his property. Mr. Garreau said that two perfectly normal men, dressed in khaki overalls, got out. They shook his hand and spoke to him in an unknown language. Mr. Garreau, amazed, did not answer. The two men petted his dog and climbed back into their craft; which flew away without a noise, at a dizzying pace.

A "saucer" and its pilot seen in Haute-Marne

CHAUMONT, October 7. -- Mr. André Narcy, 48, roadmender in Mertrud (Haute-Marne), was driving to work by motorcycle yesterday morning when near Voillecomte at 7:15 a.m., he noticed in a field, at the place called "La Vieille Tuilerie", an orange object. When he got closer he noticed that he was in the presence of a craft unknown for him.

The roadmender stopped his machine and, by foot, reached a hundred meters from the object. This is when he saw nearby, a small being of 1.20 m. tall and dressed in a mantle covered with hair.

Mr. Narcy was very frightened and lay down on the ground, then he called the individual. The latter, after turning to him, rushed into his craft which immediately flew vertically to get lost in the clouds.

According to Mr. Narcy, the object was spherical, about ten meters in diameter. Under the sphere was a kind of spindle and the porthole through which the being entered in the craft was between the spindle and the body of the craft.

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THE SAUCERS

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THE SAUCERS

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At the start of the latter, a kind of flame came out of the spindle, while a large vaporous eddy occurred under the craft.

Mr. Narcy immediately went to work where he told his comrades of his adventure. With two of them, MM. Riel and Henry, he returned to the place where he noticed that the dew no longer existed on a certain surface. The grass had a slightly milky hue and was crushed on a square about three meters aside. In addition twelve parallel traces resembling imprints of round feet, were distributed over a certain distance, suggesting that the craft had landed by a series of small jolts.

Other "apparitions"

A mason living on the island of Ré, Mr. Simonnetti, said he saw a luminous sphere of about 12 meters in diameter which oscillated at about fifty meters from the ground.

"The sphere, he said, turned red, turned blue and rose vertically very quickly."

Two other residents of the Island of Ré said they had witnessed the same phenomenon.

Two Parisians on vacation in the town of Mouchamps, Mr. and Mrs. Laroche, said they saw, at nightfall, an incandescent sphere.

Mrs. Thérèse Fourmeret, 23, living in Poncey-sur-l'Ignon (Côte-d'Or), saw, Monday evening, a craft landing in a meadow not far from her home. She declared that, frightened, she had been careful not to observe this phenomenon any longer and had taken refuge with neighbors.

The gendarmerie noted very clear traces on the ground, at the place indicated. Clods of grass had been torn off and thrown within a four-meter radius.

Mr. Landrin, water attendant at Duclair (Seine-Inférieure), who was walking with his wife, was blinded by a beam of light. When he opened his eyes again, he said, he saw a ball that disappeared a few minutes later.

Finally, saucers, cigars, discs, crowns, balls, lights, luminous streaks of various colors and all other flying objects were seen in Saint-Etienne, in several villages of the Eure-et-Loir, in Heyrieux (Isère), Dieulanvollon (Côtes-du-Nord), Ajort (Calvados) and in Biarritz.

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