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Flying saucers in the 1953 French Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Le Provençal, France, page 5, on December 18, 1953.

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MARSEILLES RESIDENTS SAW A FLYING SAUCER
in the sky of Marseille

Who did not see a flying saucer? In the world, credible witnesses reported the appearance in the sky of these disc-shaped devices that fly at extraordinary pace.

So far, the sky of Marseilles seemed to have escaped these new phenomena.

Since yesterday morning, it is no longer true.

Mr. Bianco, guard at the Fournier-Perrier factory, reported to us yesterday morning: "I was at about 6:10 a.m. in Redon. Suddenly I saw at a great height, a huge fireball that passed at an amazing speed. The phenomenon lasted two or three seconds.

A bit later, a police officer from Saint-Loup confirmed the information to us:

"At 6:10 a.m. exactly I saw a round fireball leaving a bluish trail. It looked like a shooting star."

Will the scientists explain this phenomenon?

A third witness, one of our readers and friend who lives at La Garotte but was at that time on the way to La Bédoule, told us the amazing minute he lived:

- It was 6:10 a.m. The sky was starry. I suddenly saw a sort of fiery banner of jade green color fringed with white. It bore a red ball. It looked like a huge medal and ribbon. It was as fast as it was silent. All suddenly disappeared and I admit asking myself what was happening.

When do we get the description of the pilot?

Note: there was likely no pilot in this thing that very much resemble a meteor to me.

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