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End of September 1954, Brignoles, Var:

Reference for this case: end-Sep-54-Brignoles.
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Summary:

In the late 1960s, ufologist René Malvillan noted that in the Var department, in Brignoles, at the end of September 1954 at 9 p.m., a merchant of this city, Mr. R ..., returned from Toulon by car accompanied of his wife.

The latter, in the plain from Néoules to Garréoult, had her attention attracted by an object of an intense luminosity, planted in ground, having the shape of one of those big cigars which still serve as sign to the frontages of bar tobacco.

Frightened, she urged her husband not to stop. The latter continued on his way, but a few hundred meters away, he stopped and saw the luminous object had disappeared.

Ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon gave the same story in their 1979 book, indicating as sources the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #100 bis of 1969 and the newspaper Nice-Matin for August 18, 1977. Michel Figuet estimated in his 1985 catalog this case is unidentified but dubious.

Reports:

[Ref. rmn1:] RENE MALVILLAN:

VAR 83 - Brignoles - End of September 1954 - 9 P.M.

A tradesman of Brignoles, Mr. R...., returned from Toulon by car accompanied by his wife. The latter, in the plain from Néoules to Garréoult, had her attention drawn by an object of an intense luminosity, planted in the ground, having the form of one of these large cigars which are still used as sign at the fronts of tobaccos/bars.

Seized by fear, she begged her husband not to stop. He continued to drive, but a few hundred meters further, he stopped, and noted that the luminous object had disappeared.

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Scan.

83 VAR BRIGNOLES

End September 1954 - 9 p.m. F, yes

A merchant from Brignoles, Mr. R..., was returning from Toulon by car accompanied by his wife. The latter, in the plain of Néoules in Garréoult (see Contact 99 bis) had her attention drawn by an object of intense luminosity, planted in the ground, having the shape of one of those large cigars which still serve as a sign for tobacconists storefronts.

Frightened, she begged her husband not to stop. The latter continued on his way, but a few hundred meters further he stopped, to find out that the luminous object had disappeared.

(Note that the same places are often cited).

October 5, 1954 - 9 p.m.

Mr. André Mela, dairyman at Brignole, was in his garden, old road to La Celle, when his attention was focused on the sky. He saw a large luminous ball which came from the northeast and flew at a dizzying speed.

The fireball lookedt to him like a tracer bullet, leaving behind a wide yellowish trail and disappeared towards the northeast, without making any sound.

(Communicated by Mr. Malvillan).

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

.. 091954 (end 09) 9 p.m. Between Néoules and Garreoult 83.

WITNESSES. Mr. R..., tradesman of Brignole and his wife.

OBSERVATION. Luminous object planted in the ground, having the shape of a tobbacco shop sign.

EVENT. The witnesses return from Toulon, between Neoules and Garreoult. Mrs. R... has her attention attracted by a luminous object planted in the ground and resembling a tobacco shop sign (like a big cigar). Frightened, she urges her husband not to stop. The latter continues on his way, but a few hundred meters away, he stops to find out that the luminous object has disappeared.

SOURCES. L.D.L.N., nr. 100 bis, p. 15. - Nice Matin for 08/18/1977.

[Ref. gep1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "GEPO":

30.09.54 (21) Brignoles Néoules (var) 300X

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

Cet ufologue a noté:

CAS Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
91c CEl end 09 1954 21 h between Néoules and Garreoult 83 NI but D [= "Not identified but dubious.], OVNI : p. 98

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3874: 1954/09/30 21:00 2 6:02:00 E 43:18:20 N 3323 WEU FRN VAR 7:7

NEOULES>GAREOULT,VAR:2/CAR/D554:LUMN CGR LANDED/FIELD:OBSs keep driving..

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 98 : PASTURE

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in Gareoult in the Var in September 1954 at 21:00 "One day of the end of the month, the witnesses return from Toulon, between Néoules and Garreoult. Mrs. R... has her attention drawn by a luminous object planted into the ground and resembling a tobacconist's shopsign (like a large cigar). Frightened, she urges her husband not to stop. The katter continues his driving, but, some hundreds of meters further, he stops to note that the luminous object had disappeared."

The source is noted as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 September 1954 at 21:00 between Neoules and Gareoult, Neoules, France, "Luminous cigar landed in field, witnesses keep on driving."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One luminous cigar-shaped object was observed by two witnesses in a pasture for two minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Explanations:

Map.

Unidentified, unknown credibility.

At this time in France, almost all "bar-tabacs", that is to say a shop where you went to buy cigarettes and a newspaper which often was also a bar where to drink a coffee or a beer or a glass of wine, had this signpost nicknamed "a carrot" at their front:

Bar Tabac

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Brignoles, Var, tradesman, car, road, Néoules, Garréoult, object, luminous, landing, red, cigar, frightened

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 2, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 15, 2010 Addition [lcn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 1, 2019 Additions [fru1], [mft1], [lhh1], Summary.
1.3 Patrick Gross March 23, 2022 Additions [ldl1], [gep1].

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