Blanche Orion with French President Rene Coty

Clairvoyants “see” in extremely diverse ways.  Certain see the event as if they were watching a film;  others have a “symbolic” vision of things;  others again have only an “impression”…  One example:  one day in 1949, Blanche Orion, the famous clairvoyant who had as clients Jean Cocteau, Sacha Guitry, Georges Duhamel, Leon Daudet, Maurice Dekobra and a quantity of politicians, receives the visit of the Directrice of a great House of couture whose family lives in Cuba.  This lady is upset:  her cousin, Mademoiselle Baudriere, a ravishing young girl, has just been a victim of a serious car accident.  She has broken legs and injuries to her face.  Her life is in danger.

Blanche Orion asks to see a photo of her, takes it in her hand, and immediately feels very unwell.  The same feeling that takes her in its clutches each time that she is in the presence of a very serious case.  The couturiere wants to know if the girl will live, if she will be amputated.  Blanche Orion replies:

“She will recover from this accident and will not be amputated.  But I sense a tragic destiny for her.  I’m afraid that she will not live long.  I fear a violent death for her…  and in a fairly near future…”

The visitor says that it would probably be better for her if that happened for her injuries are such that, if she survived, she would remain disfigured, which would cause her intolerable suffering.

The months pass.  And one day, Blanche Orion receives another visit from the same lady.  This time, she is smiling and full of optimism about her young cousin’s future.  She says:

“She has been admirably cared for and there remains no infirmity.  It is a real miracle.  Not only does she walk without crutches, but thanks to plastic surgery, she is almost as pretty as she was before her accident…”

Blanche Orion listens to this good news;  but she has the same very unwell feeling that she had at the first visit.  She says:

“But, however, I see her coming to a tragic end…”

A few weeks later, her visitor telephones her to tell her that Madame Baudriere had come from Cuba to fetch her daughter and that they would be leaving the next day by aeroplane.

And the next day, 28 October 1949, this aeroplane, carrying also Marcel Cerdan and Ginette Neveux, the famous violinist, on board, crashes on a mountain in the Azores…

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Certain clairvoyants have “symbolic” visions.  They receive images in the form of parables.  An example:  one day in 1953, Marie Vedrine, who is at home with friends, suddenly stands up and, in a sort of trance, says:

“Look at the mirror, there, over the fire-place…  You see that map of France?”

Naturally, the others see nothing.

“In front of this map, there is a soldier…  I recognize him, it’s General de Gaulle.  He is holding a sponge in his hand and he is cleaning the map of France…  Then he squeezes the sponge and dirty water comes out of it…  At the same time, the map is moving as if there is an upheaval in the country’s interior…  Now, the map of France is brightening…  I am sure that this vision means that General de Gaulle will come back to power one day…”

The clairvoyant’s friends shrug their shoulders.  General de Gaulle is finished.  No-one’s even talking about him…

Who, apart from a clairvoyant, could have predicted in 1953 that, five years later, General de Gaulle would come back to power?

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Madame Fraya

Guy Breton collected these stories from different sources.  He personally knew a few clairvoyants, like Blanche Orion for example;  and he used investigations carried out by journalists, notably Monique Beckeriche, and dug into the archives of a great specialist on the subject, Madame Simone de Tervagne…  Mme de Tervagne wrote numerous works about clairvoyants, principally the famous Madame Fraya.  Mr Breton particularly recommends a book packed with astounding revelations entitled:  Une voyante a l’Elysee.  In it can be seen most of the great politicians of France’s IIIrd Republic, Aristide Briand, Albert Sarraut, Georges Clemenceau, Jean Jaures (to whom Mme Fraya predicted in 1910 a violent death in the street – Jean Jaures, who had himself gifts of clairvoyance, added:  “I am going to complete your prediction…  It will be on the eve of a declaration of war…”), Louis Barthou, Edouard Daladier, and even President Raymond Poincare, who consult Mme Fraya in the most difficult hours of their careers or at the moment of ministerial crises…  She recounts, among other extraordinary things, how, while the German armies are approaching Paris in September 1914, Mme Fraya is convoked in the middle of the night to the War Ministry.  Aristide Briand is there, along with Malvy in pyjamas, an overcoat around his shoulders, Theophile Delcasse, Albert Sarraut and the War Minister, Alexandre Millerand, in slippers.  The clairvoyant writes that an indescribable atmosphere of anguish is hovering over these men.  Malvy is pale and shaky.  He asks her if she thinks that the Germans are going to enter Paris.  Mme Fraya is categoric:

“No, the Germans will not enter Paris.  Their victory is going to come to nothing…  Around the 10 September, they will be obliged to retrench over the Aisne…  This will be the collapse of their plan for a rapid campaign…”

All of the ministers, on whom the greatest responsibilites weigh, then avidly question the clairvoyant about the war’s development.

She reassures them, stating once again that the Germans would not enter Paris and that the French would be the victors.

After which, she leaves them relieved and relaxed.  A few days later, between 10 and 12 September, the victory on the Marne makes the Germans pull back to the other side of the Aisne, and Paris is not occupied…

The most extraordinary thing in this story is these politicians, completely panicked and not knowing what to do in the face of the enemy advance, who call a clairvoyant in the middle of the night so that she can reassure them.  We must admit that this scene has something about it that is both burlesque and grandiose…

To be continued.

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