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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 Nord Littoral, Calais, France, page 8, on October 1st, 1954.

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The chronicle
of the saucers and cigars...

Perpignan, Sep 30. -- A truck driver, who was collecting milk yesterday morning, near Cabestany (Pyrenées Orientales) said he saw in front of his vehicle "a shiny globe" of bluish color "which evolved at an altitude of about 150 meters producing a very soft hum".

Having stopped his truck, the driver was able to observe the movs of the craft for almost a quarter of an hour then, suddenly, it reportedly rose in the sky and disappeared in the direction of the sea.

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La Rochelle, 30 Sep. -- A flying saucer would have been seen at Auge (Deux-Sèvres).

Also, Mr. Picaut, director of a brewery in Sainte Pozenne, said he saw for a few minutes while he was driving on the road to Fontenay-le-Comte, a curious disc of sparkling yellow.

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Brest, Sep 30. -- The residents of Landeda and l'Aberwrach (Finistère) saw last night at high altitude a craft of circular shape and resembling a "flying saucer."

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Melun, Sep 30. -- Several residents of the commune of Rebais stated they saw a strange craft, very brilliant, circulating at night fall in the sky, above Rebais.

Witnesses said that the craft, which was traveling very slowly, then headed towards Coulommiers, after increasing its speed, and disappeared.

The day before yesterday in the morning, C.R.S. also saw a luminous disc in the sky, above Vaudoy.

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Montpellier, 30 Sep. -- Mrs. Picot de la Baume, domiciled in Montpellier, said that she had seen, at a height of around 1,500 meters, an apparatus in the form of cigar, brilliant, and appearing surrounded by a halo. The craft which she could observe for about a minute, suddenly disappeared in an easterly direction, without making any noise and without leaving any traces.

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Casablanca, 30 Sep. -- Reliable witnesses saw last night, in the sky of Kouriga, locality located about 130 kilometers from Casablanca, a craft of circular shape, of red color, moving at a high altitude and at a high speed and which seemed spit blue green flames.

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Safi, 30 Sep. -- An elongated craft was seen last night, around 8:30 p.m., in the sky of Safi by reliable witnesses. The "cigar" was moving at high speed, from east to northwest. It was surrounded by a bluish light and left behind a luminous trail. Witnesses said the craft had nothing to do with a jet plane.

Copenhagen, Sept. 30 -- Many residents of the city of Strib (Funen) claim to have seen last night "a reddish-yellow craft whose shape reminded of a cigar" moving at high altitude and leaving behind "languages of fire". Other "luminous craft" were seen these last three evenings in Funen and Sweden.

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