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UFOs in the daily Press:

Flying saucers in the 1954 French Press:

The article below was published in the weekly newspaper Liberté-Dimanche, Rouen, France, page 1, on October 17, 1954.

Case file here.



and "weird being"

appeared to a resident of Londinières

The news is a consumer of saucers and other flying machines, and there are few areas that have not yet been found in these apparitions a topic for dissertation.

However let's confess that Normandy was not, until now, really hit, and it is reasonable to ask whether the wisdom of the Normands; who are not easily led and taken by the "one said," does not play a major role here.

If we mean, of course, that the visions of flying saucers fall into the realm of too fertile imaginations, individual or collective hallucinations...

But just now information comes from Londinières that can help our province (which would thus show its desire of not being unfashionable) to rise to the level of other regions who "saw it".

And all of a sudden, we get four saucers, a cigar and a strange being (1 m. 20, as it should be, not to break the charm) with other features that have nothing so unique either.

Robert Henri was traveling by car on National Road 214, at dusk, between Mesnières and Londinières - where he lives - when, in Bagnolet, he saw four craft one above the other, of orange color, "appearing to be flying saucers"; which evolved 300 meters high. One of them broke away, came down and came to swerve his car before disappearing. At the same time, Mr. Robert had felt like a strong electric shock and controls of his vehicle had been temporarily annihilated.

No sooner had he recovered from his surprise, just 3 kms away, Mr. Robert saw in his headlights in the middle of the road, a strange being about 1 m. 20 tall. This time it was his headlights that went out and immediately went on again. The motorist then noticed on the edge of the slope, a three-meter long craft, pointed at both ends and cylindrical.

The famous cigar, in every sense of the term, which took "one second" to disappear, lights off, in the direction of the North.

It was at one o'clock on Saturday that Mr. Robert came to the gendarmerie of Londinières to tell the story of what he saw and felt. But his statements were incoherent, his words made no sense.

Effect of concussion which he said he was the victim of a few hours earlier, or reaction caused by a pile of saucers of another kind, a more usual sort on some tables.

The police went to Baillolet where they noted nothing unusual, this being confirmed by a new checkining on Saturday morning by day. No trace, no other witness of the phenomenon...

This did not prevent Mr. Robert to confirm his story at 9:00 a.m..

Failed attack against a fake "Martian"

LILLE. Oct. 16 (A.F.P.). -- Mr. Maurice Ruant, farmer in Sinceny (the Aisne), was busy repairing his car in a field, when two gunshots were fired at him. The shots crashed into the car's body, near his head. The investigation allowed to quickly find the author of two gunshots, a neighbor, Mr. Faisan.

I thought, he said, seeing a figure moving in the light of two headlights, I was in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer. I went to get my rifle and I shot.

Despite his good faith, Mr. Faisan will be prosecuted.

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