... An unpleasant relic from the War in the Vendée
Unsurprisingly, there have been protests. In 2015, during a visit by the organisation Souvenir Vendéen to Barthélémont, in Lorraine, the birthplace of Stofflet, the mayor Serge Husson, who is himself a distant descendant of the general, declared his desire to see an end to this "indecent situation". He wanted to see the skull buried or deposited, either in Barthélémont itself or in the memorial chapel near Maulévrier.
In October 2021 Souvenir Vendéen launched the project "Stofflet révélé!". The aim was to create a virtual facial reconstruction based on the skull. As well as revealing the visage of the general, the initiative was intended to pave the way for the removal of the relic from public display. Donations were invited via Dartagnans, a firm which specialises in cultural fundraising. The initial appeal, for 5,000 €, covered the reconstruction itself, which was entrusted to Philippe Froesch's VisualForensic. A further 10,000€ would allow the production of an educational video. The third phase would involve the creation of three 3D replicas of the skull for display, so as to free up the original for burial. However, the 15,000€ required for this final stage were said to be beyond the scope of the association's fundraising efforts.initial photogrammetry was undertaken by archaeologists from the Association Insertion Patrimoine based at the European Centre for Prehistoric Research (CERP) in Tautavel, who more usually model prehistoric remains. 234 different views were taken. This sophisticated technique meant that handling was kept to a minimum.