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The Maurice Masse affair, Valensole, France, 1965:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Méridional, France, page 14, le mardi 6 juillet 1965.

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The "saucer" of Valensole:

Nervous breakdown for the author of the story

VALENSOLE. (C.P.) -- Valensole has been experiencing an unusual crowd since Sunday and the Olivol district has become a famous place of pilgrimage. It was there, in the middle of the countryside bursting with color, where the gold of the wheat fields blends with the blue of the lavender plantations, that Mr. Masse says he saw a mysterious craft.

Apart from the trampling of a few square meters of land and a hole similar to that left by a torn stake, this is all that the curious can now see. However, many come to contemplate this field, and the road leading to it is, at all times of the day, cluttered with cars from the Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Seine and even from Belgium. Visitors arrive on the scene with the same desire to discover something unusual. They all leave with the same feeling of disappointment.

Indeed, this piece of land does not present any anomaly likely to give rise to any sensation in a human. It smells of lavender and the wind sweeping it yesterday carried not radioactive film, but only red dust, like the earth on the plateau.

In the village, the case has already passed into the background of the news. The gendarmes, harassed with questions for two days, have regained serenity and can finally take care of current affairs. As for the author of the story, Mr. Maurice Masse, certain inhabitants of Valensole strongly dissuaded us from meeting him. This man would be, since yesterday morning, in the grip of a nervous breakdown.

This heartbreaking news has been confirmed to us by several reliable witnesses. Moreover, at no time did we allow ourselves to consider the people who knew this affair from near or far, as having been credulous. We simply, as required by our mission as informants, acted with caution. Our duty did not command us to exploit excessively a business now distressing a man and a whole family who would have gladly done without all the trouble caused by a flashy publicity.

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