Sauniere ordered this 'demon' statue in 1897. He ordered it from Maison Giscard in Toulouse. Along with the 'demon' he also ordered other church decorations. The bill for the ordering of the 'demon statue' still exists (see here) and from it we glimpse an insight into Sauniere's original intent. For the bill says 'Benitier avec Diable' which means a Baptismal font with Devil. The demon statue itself was made especially for Sauniere.
If you look at the picture above of the demon statue one can make out some marks on the right side wing. These are illustrated below:
And this must be true because Sauniere left hints that he got drunk on these bottles of drink all over his church:
But before you run off to continue to research this interpretation please perhaps bear in mind that this report was posted 1/4/2013 i.e. April Fools Day ;)
Other researchers who have looked at the wording on the demon and have come up with very different results please see here:
Church | Devil Statue or Asmodeus
The case of the devil
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.