Paul Le Cour (1871-1954) was the co-founder, together with Roger Dévigne, of the Society for Atlantis Studies in 1925. However, the group split into two shortly afterwards with Le Cour as president of Societe Francais d’Atlantologie and Dévigne leading his own group. It appears that Dévigne’s pragmatic approach was incompatible with Le Cour’s more esoteric views which had veered towards Celtic Mysticism. As one person commented, “Le Cour became more interested in the soul than the body of Atlantis”. Le Cour’s first book about Atlantis was A la recherche d’un monde perdue.
In the 1930’s Le Cour found several mysterious clay seals on the Canary Islands in a grotto near San Miguel de Tenerife, which he claimed were “artefacts from the lost continent of Atlantis”. It is noteworthy that the writing on these San Miguel seals did not match inscriptions found on the nearby island of Hierro.
Le Cour’s association is now known as Centre de Recherches et d’Études de la Tradition (C.R.E.T.) which has a supporting website(a).
* (a) https://atlantis-site.com/index.php (offline June 2017)*
See Also: Guanches
Roger Dévigne (1885-1965) was an active French atlantologist in the first half of the 20th century and in 1926 he was a founder member along with Paul Le Cour of the Société d’études atlantéens (Society for Atlantis Studies) in Paris. The organisation soon split up leaving the founders to lead two new groups. Dévigne’s faction favoured a more scientific approach to the subject while Le Cour had a more radical approach.
Dévigne published a volume on Atlantis in 1923 that was reprinted in 1931 and later translated into Italian. His book is a reflection of the thinking of his time advocating an Atlantic Atlantis with links to America and Egypt.
The Atlantis Research Charter was dedicated to the memory of Roger Dévigne(a).
The Society for Atlantis Studies was a French organisation founded by Paul Le Cour and Roger Dévigne in 1925, but split soon afterwards. During a meeting of the society in the Sorbonne in 1929 a delegate threw two tear gas bombs in order to prevent a speaker from promoting the idea of Corsica being the location of Atlantis.
The association is still functioning and today also has a website(a) and continues to publish a journal, Atlantis, both in French with some English translation on the website. The organisation still reflects the esoteric approach of Le Cour and quite frankly seems little concerned with the scientific search for a physical Atlantis.
(a) https://www.atlantis-site.com/index.php (offline February 2017)