L'Affaire des Fiches de délation (“affair of the cards of denunciation”) was a political scandal in France in 1904-1905 in which it was discovered that the militantly anticlerical War Minister under Emile Combes, General Louis André, was determining promotions based on a huge card index on public officials, detailing which were Catholic and who attended Mass, with a view to preventing their promotions.

Both Combes and André were Freemasons[1][2][3], and much of the information had been collected by the Masonic Grand Orient de France.[4] Discovery of this by the media undermined the government. [5][6]

Further reading

Porch, Douglas The March to the Marne: The French Army, 1871-1914, Ch. 6 "The affaire des fiches" pp. 92-104, 1981 Cambridge University Press


  1. Masonic references in the works of Charles Williams Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon 2007
  2. Burke, Peter The New Cambridge Modern History p. 304 (1979 Cambridge University)
  3. Masonic references in the works of Charles Williams Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, accessed Oct. 28, 2008
  4. "In 1904, the Affaire des Fiches broke when it became known that the ministry had gathered information on candidates' political and religious views from the Masonic Grand Orient." Page 18, France and the Great War, 1914-1918, By Leonard V. Smith, Stéphane Audoin, Translated by Helen McPhail, Published 2003, Cambridge University Press
  5. Larkin, Church and State after the Dreyfus Affair, pp. 138-41: `Freemasonry in France’, Austral Light 6, 1905, pp. 164-72, 241-50.
  6. Page 5, Monuments, martyrdom, and the politics of religion in the French third republic, Neil McWilliam, The Art Bulletin, June 1995

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