French Vampires

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Vampires tales in France are not as common as in other countries and cultures, but there are a few stories of vampires.

One concerned a revenant that terrorized the town of Cadan. The people he attacked seemed destined to become a vampire like him. They retaliated, attacking his corpse and driving a stake through it. That remedy proving ineffective, the people burned in.

Then in 1345 AD, in Lewin, a woman believed to be a witch died. She returned in various beastly forms and attacked villagers. When they uncovered her grave, it was reported that she had swallowed her face cloth. When the cloth was pulled out of the  grave, it was stained with blood. She was also staked, which proved ineffective, as she used the stake as a weapon while walking around town. Her body was eventually detroyed by fire.

The subject of vampires seemed to have been initially raised in 1693 when a Polish priest asked the faculty at the Sorbonne to counsel him on how he should deal with corpses that had been identified as vampires. The same year, newspaper reports of vampires in Poland appeared in a French periodical. A generation later, the Lettres Juives was published in 1737, which included the account of several famous Serbian vampire cases.

However, vampires were not an issue in France until 1746 when Dom Augustin Calmet published Dissertations sur les Apparitions des Anges et des Espits, et sur les revenants, et Vampires de Hingrie, de Boheme, de Moravie, et de Silestie. This treatise debated vampires that had been c