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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord-Eclair, Tourcoing and Lys issue, Nord, France, page 6, on October 3, 1954.

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COMINES

IS IT A FLYING CIGAR?

In Comines, Thursday evening, around 10:30 p.m., a mysterious craft flew over a part of the city.

Such news would not take place in our columns if beforehand we had not met MM. Warrant Officer Cocquel and Constable Segers - both judicial police officers - from the Comines brigade, who heard at length on Saturday morning, the witness to this appearance, in this case, Mr. Anicet Corneille, masonry worker, residing in Comines, rue des Trois-Ballois.

Coming home, Thursday evening, around 10 p.m. 30, M. Corneille was suddenly surprised by the purple reflections shown on the jacket with which he was adorned. Looking up, he saw a cigar-shaped object about forty meters high that emitted a rather bright glow. According to the witness, the craft might have measured 8 to 10 meters long by 2 to 3 meters wide. At the same time, a motorist of Tourcoing observed the same phenomenon.

This was happening at the intersection of the streets of the Apothicaire and the Processions, the mysterious craft seeming to be heading towards the hamlet of Vieil-Dieu.

Seized with fright, Mr. Corneille quickly returned home and it was the next day that he entrusted the matter to his comrades.

Long questioned yesterday at the gendarmerie of Comines, by Mr. Cocquel and Segers, the witness - still in a state of emotion - related the facts that we have just reported.

The gendarmes of the Comines brigade, while recording Mr. Corneille's statements, acknowledged the witness's excellent good faith on Thursday evening.

P. L.

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