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UFOs in the daily Press:

Shooting at the Martian, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Nouveau Nord Maritime, France, page 4, le 19 octobre 1954.

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BELIEVING TO BE
IN THE PRESENCE
OF A "MARTIAN"
a farmer shoots
two gunshots
on a neighbor

Laon, 18. - Mr. Maurice Ruant, farmer in Sinceny, near Chauny (Aisne) almost fell victim to the panic that is caused to some people by the appearance of saucers and other flying objects. Last night, he was busy repairing his car in a meadow near his home, when two shots from a hunting rifle were fired in his direction. The pellets crashed onto the car's body, not far from his head.

Mr. Maurice Ruant filed a complait and the investigation immediately opened, made it possible to quickly find the author of the two shots, who was a neighbor of Mr. Ruant, Mr. Faisan, odd name [=pheasant] for a hunter.

The latter said to the police:

"When I saw a figure moving in the light of the headlights, I thought I was in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer. I went to get my gun and I fired."

Despite his good faith, Mr. Faisan will be prosecuted.

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