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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War$
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Raymond Jonas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242975

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242975.001.0001

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A Kind of Apotheosis: Claire Goes to Paris

A Kind of Apotheosis: Claire Goes to Paris

(p.62) A Kind of Apotheosis: Claire Goes to Paris
The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War

Raymond Jonas

University of California Press

In 1917, with the threat of Germany looming in the distance and with the spread of the news of Claire's interrogation at Poitiers, the public interest in the voyante from Rinfillières intensified. With the desperate military situation of France, people sought after Claire, who it was believed would deliver an end to the interminable slaughter brought about by war. In January 1917, the president of France, Raymond Poincaré, received a letter from Claire, now publicly known as Claire de Jésus Crucifié or Claire of Jesus Crucified. However, Poincaré was unimpressed by Claire and did not respond to her. Undaunted and resolved to take her message directly to the president, Claire prepared for a journey to Paris, which is discussed in this chapter. It narrates her experience at the Maison des Soeurs de la Sagesse where she was met with hostility and indifference. It also discusses her second letter to the president of France and her appointment with Poincaré. Her visit to the president did not yield any results, moreover her account of her encounter with Poincaré provided better evidence of her credulity than of her credibility.

Keywords:   voyante, Raymond Poincaré, Paris, Claire of Jesus, Maison des Soeurs

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