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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord Littoral, Calais, France, page 8, on October 19, 1954.

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A VETERINARY,
EMPLOYEES
of the Orly Airport
CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN
"SAUCERS"

Toulon, Oct. 18

SINCE 48 hours, two Toulon residents, MM. Rappelien [sic], bar keeper, and Ottaviani, mechanic of the merchant marine claim to have seen Thursday a saucer landing in the district of Chemin Long, near Hyères, and give an absolutely identical description.

The air force general intelligence went to Toulon and heard at length the two witnesses who drew a long detailed sketch of the mysterious apparatus.

This morning, the general information inspectors went to the place where the two witnesses stated that they saw the saucer land, they noted there a large circular trace where the grass is burned.

***

Dieppe, Oct 17.

At nightfall, while driving through the town of Baillolet, on R.N. 311, Mr. Henri Robert, doctor-veterinarian in Londinières, saw four craft which were flying one above the other, at around 300 meters of height. Robert says that one of them came to zigzag in front of his car, that he felt a strong electric shock, and that the engine of his car stopped. The veterinarian then saw on the road a strange figure, about one meter tall. The headlights of his car went out, when they went on again a cylinder about three meters long took off from the roadsaide and headed north.

Mr. Robert told his story to the gendarmes of Londinières.

***

Paris, Oct. 17

Two employees at Orly Airport, MM. Raymond Castel and Charles Sirest told the air police that they saw, on the night from Saturday to Sunday, around 9:30 p.m. a flying saucer cross the sky of Orly from east to the west, "at the speed of a jet plane."

Reached above the town of Paray-Vieille-Poste, that is to say on the edge of the West-East runway, the mysterious craft, which, according to witnesses, was traveling at an altitude of 300 meters, stopped for ten seconds, spinning on itself and emitting rays which were intensely reflected on the ground.

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