Formerly the peasants of the Langres region fear the devil, nicknamed the Foulletot. According to the local belief, the latter lived on the hill where the Cognelot, wearing red clothes, he presided over the Sabbath of witches and wizards, who flocked from the surrounding villages. But in Chalindrey, as indeed throughout the langrois countries, led a merciless war against so-called witches. One of its inhabitants, Clement Rabiet was declared sorcerer and executed in 1598 for having boasted of having met the Devil. This famous trial illustrated some pages of the history of Chalindrey and earned him the name Country Wizards.
The celebration of witches, a nod to the past history of Chalindrey and its area, uses the child's imagination and takes place in a fantasy full of care of everything: Fort Vercingetorix says Cognelot.