From File Ga P7 in the Paris Prefecture of Police
Police Report on Pierre Plantard dated 8 February 1941
The author of the letter sent to Field Marshal Pétain, the French head of state, alleging a Masonic/Jewish conspiracy is none other than PLANTARD, Pierre Athanase Marie, known as 'VARRAN' de Varestra, born in Paris on 18 March 1920 (7th), the son of Pierre and RAULO Amélie Marie, of French nationality, a bachelor.
Since 1927 he has been living at 22 Place Malesherbes in Paris 17 with his mother on the 6th floor in a two-room apartment reserved for the concierges and ceded by the latter for an annual consideration of 1500 francs.
The only son of a family of very modest means - his father was a butler - Plantard is kept entirely by his mother who, though without a profession of her own, enjoys a very small income from a pension granted to her following the death of her husband, who died following an accident at work.
In 1937, after completing his primary schooling in Paris, Plantard - who says that he has always been interested in politics - set up along with some other young people of the same age one of the various groups that were being formed at that time, the name of which is however unknown to us.
This movement, which was not officially registered with the Prefecture of Police and which did not have permanent premises, had about 100 members.
Anti-Semitic and anti-Masonic, its aim was the 'purification and renewal of France'. It had for its emblem at the time of its foundation a white cockerel, an emblem that was subsequently adopted by the 'Front de la Jeunesse', whose president is Jean Charles Legrand.
We have discovered that, in 1938, Plantard asked Monsieur Daladier for permission to publish a journal for the members of this organisation entitled 'La Rénovation Française'. When this permission was refused he published this magazine in the form of a weekly pamphlet with a circulation of 10,000 copies distributed free of charge.
After 'La Renovation Française' ceased publication in 1939, Plantard approached the Occupation authorities (in October 1940) with a request for permission to resume publication of this magazine. At the time of writing his request had not been granted.
Besides his political activities, Plantard has also directed the 'Groupement catholique de la Jeunesse', an unofficial organisation concerned with recreational activities for young people. These people come from different parishes and gather in the Catholic youth clubs in the capital.
Each year this organisation runs a holiday camp at Plestin-les-Grèves (Côtes du Nord), which in 1939 attracted 75 youngsters.
Plantard has spoken at several conferences for young people organised by the 'Groupement Catholique de la Jeunesse', notably on 20 June 1939 in the 'Salle Villiers' in Rue de Rocher.
Regarding the letter that was sent to Pétain and signed by Plantard: this was sent to Pétain through the mediation of Monsieur de Brinon. It seems that sending this letter was no more than a sort of subterfuge designed to attract the attention of the Head of State to the person who sent it.
In fact Plantard, who boasts of having links with numerous politicians, seems to be one of those dotty, pretentious young men who run more or less fictitious groups in an effort to look important and who are taking advantage of the present trend towards taking a greater interest in young people in order to attract the Government's attention.
Plantard's private life has not given rise to any comment.
He does not have a criminal record.