This article was published in the national daily newspaper Libération, France, on wednesday, August 25, 1954, in the 6th and last page as a small insert at the bottom of the page.
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A flying saucer gets off a cigar in the sky of Vernon
Evreux, August 24 - Mysterious machines have reportedly been seen by several people in the sky of Vernon during the night of Sunday to Monday.
The son of a tradesman of the city says he has distinctly seen, at about one o'clock in the morning, above the river Seine, an ellongated object, of red color, resembling a cigar. According to his statements, this object hovered motionless at a rather low altitude. The silence was complete.
From this curious machine, a flying saucer went off, which the witness describes with precision:
"It had the shape of an oval disc, of dark color, topped by a red dome with a very brilliant crown surrounded by flames."
The saucer detached itself from the cigar, fell vertically, then appeared to have decided for a levelled flight above the bridge. It veered, went up and disappeared abruptly. It was replaced at once by another.
This curious carroussel is said to have lasted three quarter of hour.
These observations were confirmed by several people, and in particular by a chemical engineer of the ballistic and atomic research laboratory for the army, which was driving on national road 182 at the same time.