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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 5, le 25 octobre 1954.

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The saucers

A press release from the Italian Air Ministry

Rome, 24. -- The testimonies collected for more than a month about the "flying saucers" and flying "cigars" seen in the sky of the peninsula, were the topic of a Press release from from the Italian Ministry of the Air Force.

"So far, the statement said, radar devices have detected no such craft except for planes and sounding balloons, the characteristics of which are known."

"Special instructions have been given to the heads of the detection stations in order to intensify surveillance during the twilight and night hours, during which, according to witnesses, the flying discs were seen."

"As for the documentation on the flying discs that the Italian Air Force has, it is only, specifies the press release, some testimonies emanating from officers who would have seen these craft above the the Thyrrenian coast, moving in a south-north direction at a speed greater than 2000 km per hour."

Mulhouse, 24. - Consumers of a Wittenheim coffee shop saw at about 500 meters of atltiude, a circular craft rotating quickly on its own and moving at a moderate pace.

The night was very clear and the witnesses noted that the craft was animated by an horizontal rotation movement which gave it the appearance of a saucer and that it also revolved around a central nucleus, evoking then the shape of a cigar.

After about ten minutes of moves, the craft, whose outer edges had changed successively from red to brown, then to bright red and whose glowing central nucleus surrounded itself with sparks, disappeared quickly.

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