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Name  Jacques-Francois Lefranc

Jacques-François Lefranc (30 March 1739 - 2 September 1792) was a French cleric and anti-Masonic author.



Lefranc was an Abbot at Caen's seminary of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary; he was opposed to Jansenism. After refusing to swear allegiance to the Constitution, he was replaced by François Bécherel; all Eudidists were then expelled from the seminary. Lefranc was subsequently arrested and imprisoned in the Carmelites prison in Paris. On 2 September 1792, he was murdered along with 180 other clerics. He has since been beatified by the Church.

Jacques-François Lefranc

His book, Le Voile levé pour les curieux, ou le Secret de la Révolution révélé, à l’aide de la Franc-Maçonnerie, published in 1791, advanced, for the first time, the thesis that a Masonic conspiracy was behind the French Revolution. He was a literary associate of Augustin Barruel.


  • Le voile levé pour les curieux ou les secrets de la Révolution révelés à l'aide de la franc-maçonnerie, (Paris: Lepetit, 1791).
  • Conjuration contre la religion catholique et les souverains, don't le projet, conçu en France, doit s’exécuter dans l’univers entier, ouvrage utile à tous les Français (Paris: Lepetit, 1792)
  • L'Origine et la déclaration mystérieuse des francs-maçons (1793)
  • La symbolique maçonnique
  • References

    Jacques-François Lefranc Wikipedia

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