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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-Eclair, Roubaix, Nord, France, page 2, on September 18, 1954.



This was to be expected. The flying saucer affair was to be joked about. Some with a slightly inappropriate taste. Thursday, late in the evening, an alleged Mr. Leroy, from Bois-Grenier, informed us by phone that a flying saucer had landed in the Dufour meadow. He said he had notified the gendarmerie. In his naive candor, this volunteer correspondent believed that immediately we were going to jump on the spot. Perhaps he waited for us behind the hedge of the meadow to mock our disappointment. But he just spent his telephone costs for nothing. A phone call to the gendarmerie, whose PR agent didn't seem to be happy with the inconvenience, revealed the deception.

A similar story happened near Amiens:

The flying saucer of Estrées-Deniécourt was, in fact, only a joke of some electricians from a company who admitted that they wanted to have fun at the expense of the press and the gendarmerie.

A formal report was type for contempt of court and a report was sent to the public prosecutor of Amiens.

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