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2 et 3 décember 2003
Jean-Luc Chaumeil, prolific author on the mystery of Rennes-le-Château,
has written 5 special numbers in the review "Charivari", books: "Le Triangle
d'Or", "Le Trésor des Templiers", etc.




Following the disappearance of Pierre Plantard (February 2000)
and the interview of Gino Sandri, Jean-Luc Chaumeil made a point of
giving his point of view on the Priory of Sion and his tumultuous relations with
these 2 protagonists! The answers of Jean-Luc Chaumeil exceeded the framework
of the first interview since he spoke to us about his childhood and the
genesis of the business of RLC. They will make it possible for the readers to
better determine his personality. Considering the size of the subject, the
interview will be published in three numbers!


Gazette of Rennes-le-Chateau : Jean-Luc Chaumeil, introduce yourself to the readers of the Gazette.

Jean-Luc Chaumeil : I was born on October twentieth, 1944 in Lille, not far from Dunkirk, in that fine war which was not yet finished, in the midst of the English bombs which sprinkled the area and which frightened my mother. Ninety years earlier, as a preliminary, the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, the god of my childhood, prepared to create a new style; later, he would write on the walls of Charleville: "Merdre With God"; for, at the end of his life, after having discovered the queen of Ethiopia, he would return to the generous flash of eternity. He had found the direction and the music of the fabulous work which he unrolled with profusion at the time of his famous excursions.

The philosopher Nietzsche, badly understood, would add to the prophecies of Rimbaud the concept of "the death of God". The twentieth century was to confirm these two prophecies by a third: "the dead man" of the surroundings of Rennes-le-Chateau. We, in less than one century, had all become orphans, true children of the widow or the queen of the South. And it was proposed to the survivors as well as to the newcomers expressly to take account of these three concepts. It is, within this framework, new delta of a "Terra incognita", that
several new religions were established concerning the "Mythology of

First book of Jean-Luc Chaumeil devoted to the business of Rennes-le-Château, published at Alain Lefeuvre in 1979

Gazette : What do you remember of your childhood and of your adolescence with Taillefer?

Jean-Luc Chaumeil : I was hardly five years old when I underwent my first initiation with the elementals: one very stormy afternoon it started to rain and hail in turn; I took refuge under a tree. My mother, on the second floorabove ground level, supervised my comings and goings, looking at the sky. A flash, of a blinding light, opened the doors of the clouds and I received the lightning like a gift come from the skies! Already someone wanted to assassinate me! Terrorized by the incident, I took refuge under the roof of a shed as if I was stupefied. My mother spent three seconds to descend the two flights of stairs and proceeded to take me in her arms and to check that I was not a
heap of ashes! After that, I looked at the universe from another angle: it was necessary to act quickly because the thread of life was thin, fragile, dubious...

I started to read all the prohibited books of the library of my father where I was initiated into the underwater war, inter alia, in twenty-four volumes...

Then came adolescence with an extraordinary dialogue with the invisible one of the Castle of Taillefer and in the village of my origins: Carennac. An old wizard, teacher of his state, having lived in Africa, practised the art of the magic of the bees. Worshipful Grand Master of an obedience, he explained to me the subtle relation between the various worlds by the secret teaching of the analogical methods. Consequently I had, for each situation or event, a multiple approach, sometimes contradictory but always enriching.

A journalist at eighteen years of age, I worked for several reviews, daily newspapers and weekly magazines. My first play " Beryl, or Transparency" was never performed, except in my life, since my second daughter bears this name.  Some poems of this time were published in the book "Apocalypse", in 1981, where I envisaged, inter alia, the attack of September 11. Obviously, nobody has noticed it previously...

The village of Sion-les-Mines

Gazette : When and how did you discover the enigma of RLC, as a "reporter of the invisible"?

Jean-Luc Chaumeil : A painter at times, a poet at others, a journalist to
earn my living, I very early became acquainted with Daniel Réju, who asked me for articles for the review "The Age of Aquarius". I also worked for "Europe Journal", the first European weekly magazine, and I made a press review for the executives of a motorway company. A little before my divorce after I was married too young, a young writer, Claude Pimont, author of "God Does Not Exist, I Met Him", in company of a friend of Réju, Mr Renard, told me the history of a priest who, supposedly, had discovered "billions", in the south of France!
The book was by Gerard de Sède, author of a book which I had read, "the Templars are Among Us" that a police inspector had lent to my father...

Knowing the history of Gisors, having already approached it, I was wary of "The Gold of Rennes" and I acknowledge that I was right a priori; Thus I preferred Arsène Lupin and the history of Etretat, especially after having read Valère Catogan and having admired the painting of Claude Monet, "L'aiguille Creuse".

Let us not forget that I had made excavations with Taillefer after the
reading of "Templars are Among Us". In regards to treasure, I had discovered a quite real vipers' nest and more clearly a world where the universe was more interesting waiting to be discovered... I understood very early that history was always the same and that the solution was not to discover such or such a treasure but to see the man and the invisible one, the other of Rimbaud or the superman of Nietzsche, or the hidden entity behind the play of ourselves, but which acts with conscience to render comprehensible to us, that through the play of
discovery, there is another quite tangible reality which concerns us
personally and, sometimes, history, which is, to be strictly accurate,
marvellous...  Here is thus my definition of reporter of the invisible and the process of a collective initiation, provided that the crystallization of gold is, in the first place, dissipated...

In 1971, I read the book "The Lost Gold" and my editor in chief, Claude
Jacquemart, entrusted the drafting of a special number to me: number 18 concerning "The Files of the Priory of Sion". Daniel Réju gave me the telephone number of Plantard and, in parallel, I met Gerard de Sède, in the Rue Danrémont. At the same time, Mathieu Paoli, a friend of the Rumanian writer Doru Theodoriciu, began a film for the T.S.R on Arginy and Rennes-le-Chateau. In the whole first part of the year 1972, I left on mission to Rennes with my photographer Bernard Roy.

(The first part has been translated by Clanders)

Johan©, 28 décember 2003

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Continuation of the article (Buthion, Plantard, de Sède, Paoli)

Jean-Luc Chaumeil and Pierre Plantard


Warning of the editors : the remarks of Jean-Luc Chaumeil have been reproduced as such at his request! The Gazette's editors do not account for hints at some persons and will grant them a right of response, or their family, if such is requested!  

The questions and comments are the editors'.
Acknowledgements : the editors thank Jean-Luc Chaumeil for the permission to publish the photoes. They also thank the webmasters who sent the illustrations of three numbers of the article!

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