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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Journal du Pas-de-Calais et de la Somme, France, page 1, on October 10, 1954.


And here is the flying cigar which
shuts down auto engines

Le Mans. -- Mr. Alexandre Tremblaix, milk collector, said that the truck he was driving had suddenly stopped for an unknown reason, on a small departmental road in Saint-Jean-d'Asse, and that his headlights went off.

He got out of his cabin, and saw passing over him a red and blue luminous flying cigar about a meter long. The craft disappeared on the horizon a few minutes later, the engine of the truck started to run again and the headlights came on.

Mulhouse. -- Mr. René Ott, 35, from Jettingen, an S.N.C.F. employee, said he saw in a field on his way to work, an aluminum-colored semi-spherical dome, lit inside, which was about three meters from the road and one meter from the ground.

Frightened Mr. Ott fled. He had, however, he said, time to notice that a door opened in the craft. The latter moved above him for a distance of 800 meters before disappearing. The gendarmes did not find any trace.

Quimper. -- Mr. François Cariou, itinerant fish merchant in Plozevet (Finistère), his wife and two daughters saw, in the sky, a bright gleam which seemed surrounded by dense smoke, this glow, at first motionless, moved towards them, at an altitude of about ten meters, it looked like an orange sphere.

Frightened, the Cariou family returned to the house.

Several fishermen who were about to set sail at the same time confirmed these statements.

Châteauroux. - Mr. Alfred Rabanne, 62, resident of Chasseneuil, who had stopped at the side of the road, heard a whistling sound; looking up, he saw a gray machine stationary about 100 meters above the ground. The craft left at a very high speed, leaving a sort of fog behind it.

Also, Mr. Julien Soulas, 23 years old, from the same town, saw on his way back from the village of Ligeaud, a luminous craft of pale orange red color moving in a North-South direction.

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