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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Nord Littoral, Calais, France, page 1, on September 12, 1954.

See the case file.


Close to Valenciennes, a worker
declares to have seen
two strange beings near a mysterious craft

Valenciennes, September 11. -- A resident of Carouble, near Valenciennes, Mr. Marius Dewilde, 24, a worker at the Ateliers du Nord de la France, in Blanc-Misseront, residing at the level crossing No 79, said that Friday evening, around 10 p.m., his attention was aroused by his dog's barking.

He went out immediately, armed with his electric lamp, and saw on the railroad running alongside his house, in a particularly deserted place, a dark mass, of oval shape, which could be 6 meters long and 3 meters high.

Turning his lamp to another direction, Mr. Dewilde saw two strange and stocky men, whose height did not exceed one meter, quickly moving towards the craft. These men had a short head on which the rays of his lamp were reportedly reflected as if they were glass globes.

A few moments later a square of intense light appeared on the sides of the craft. The witness then reportedly closed his eyes and, when he opened them again, the light and the strange beings had disappeared.

The craft swayed slightly, climbed vertically, giving off smoke. Arrived about ten meters from the ground, the lower part of the craft reddened and it disappeared quickly.

Mr. Dewilde reported this strange appearance to the police at Onnaing.

No trace was found.

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