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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 September 24, 1954.

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The "flying cigar" section
and other objects in the sky of France

Lodève, September 23. -- The mysterious craft commonly called "flying cigar" reported in the Puy-de-Dôme and in the sky of Rome was seen on Saturday, September 18, - 7 p.m., very precisely - by three trustworthy inhabitants of Lodève, in the north of the Hérault department, when it was operating at an altitude of around 1,500 meters. The object was heading south.

Witnesses were able to observe a tapered bow for almost five minutes, towing a brilliantly lit fiery-red globe and moving noiselessly at about the speed of an ordinary airplane.

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Châteauroux, September 23. -- Returning from tour during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, two gendarmes from Chateauroux, MM. Courtaud and Péninon declared to their chief to have seen between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. above La Fleuranderie, commune of Montierchaume (Indre), a luminous craft immobilized in the sky, at a height of approximately 1,500 meters, then two others of greenish color at a greater altitude. The three mysterious objects, after having turned at right angles, would have taken the direction northwest, southeast.

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Nancy, September 23. -- Mr. Louis Moll, country guard in Oberdorf (Moselle), said he saw on Sunday around 9:15 p.m., an intense glow coming from space and touching the ground east of Tromborn.

This glow, like that of a neon tube, added the guard, and coming from an object of fairly large proportions, changed color. It became reddish and Mr. Moll claims to have seen "black dots" moving silently.

The object, motionless for almost 40 seconds, started to rotate and made an almost vertical ascent, taking the appearance of an orange ball and flattening before disappearing at a dizzying speed, in the southeast direction. The total duration of the phenomenon was approximately one minute.

The authorities that recorded this statement have opened an investigation.

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