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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-Matin, Cambrai issue, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, page 4, on November 10, 1954.

See the case file.


A globe of fire makes an appearance
on the road from Le Cateau to Inchy

Tuesday, around 6 in the morning, Mr. Antoine Lefebvre, 29, a fruit and vegetable seller, 58 rue de la République in Le Cateau, went with his van to the Cambrai market. Beside him was his father, Mr. Maurice Lefebvre, grocer, greengrocer, 65, living at 14, rue Paul Delplanche, in Le Cateau.

It was around 6:05 a.m., while he was a little beyond the house located at the place called Pont des Quatre Veaux, in the suburb of Cambrai, at the crossroads of the Chaussée Brunehaut and the R.N. 89 from Cambrai to Le Cateau when he suddenly saw a block of fire of very great strength having, according to him, a diameter of about 25 to 30 meters. The globe, of a very dark red, appearing to be of fire, brightly illuminated all the surroundings. It was about 300 to 400 m. in front of him, very low, but not touching the ground. It came from the direction of Inchy in the direction of Le Cateau, in the direction of the driver, who was very afraid, as well as his father.

He stopped his vehicle and the phenomenon stopped about 3 or 400 m. away for one or two seconds and withdrew in the opposite direction, still horizontal and fairly low. Shortly after, the driver started again and as soon as he got to the top of the hill, he again saw the globe of fire, which seemed to be behind Mr. Marchand's house, drinks reseller, at the place called Le Pendu, between Le Cateau and Inchy and between Neuvilly and Troisvilles.

Curiously, the globe suddenly disappeared, without a trace, without having risen vertically.

Mr. Lefebvre and his father had been dazzled by the light emanating from this globe.

They had seen, at the beginning of the apparition, a cyclist who was in front of them and who seemed to them to throw himself into the ditch, but in their panic, when they started again, they no longer thought of the cyclist, who was lying in the ditch.

Mr. Lefebvre's stepfather, who is called Mr. Emile Sapin, farmer, rue de Baillon in Le Cateau, who was milking his cows at the same time, in the pasture of rue de Fesmy, certifies having seen a bright gleam in the sky, as well as other people.

Mr. Lefebvre told his story at the Cambrai market which he stirred. It is probably a weather phenomenon.


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