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UFOs in the daily Press:

The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Libre Artois, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, page 4, on October 24, 1954.

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"Saucers"
on the coasts
of our region

Numerous witnesses, residents of municipalities in the regions of Bray-sur-Seine, Lagny, Moret, Thomery, declared to have seen, at nightfall, a strange phenomenon: an oval shaped object, yellow orange in color, measuring more than 20 meters, at 300 and 400 meters of altitude.

The craft remained motionless for a while and disappeared at breakneck speed.

Other strange apparitions were reported throughout France and especially on the coasts of our region.

The day before yesterday evening, around 7:30 p.m., various people noted the presence above Boulogne and the surrounding area, of a mysterious craft.

The object in question was heading in a fixed direction, that is to say coming from the sea heading for Desvres. It looked like fireworks according to all witnesses.

This craft was seen around the same time on Boulogne, Outreau and Desvres.

Around 8 p.m., Mrs. Decobert-Delhaye, residing Vieilles-Rue in Audruicq, was in her kitchen when she heard an unusual noise resembling a pendulum ticking. Immediately she went out into the courtyard and was amazed to see in the sky, towards Nortkerque, at a very low height, a ball of fire in multiple colors.

Frightened, she went home and, through the window, noticed that the ball remained motionless. A few moments later, she clearly saw the ball heading towards Calais.

Other people also noticed this phenomenon happening at the same time.

In the sky of Le Touquet, at 6:15 p.m., a craft of round shape and very shiny appeared. Its color was yellow-red, it looked like a plate. This object was followed by a trail, also very bright, whose length was about 2.5 times its diameter.

Coming from the sea, it was moving at a dizzying speed towards the east and it disappeared very quickly in front of the observers.

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