|First appearance||Les Soldats|
|Last appearance||Les Soldats|
|“||Vanel was a man with a strong sense of honor.||”|
— Vanel's boss
Vanel was a minor character in the episode "Les Soldats". At the beginning of the episode, he told Mireille he had information regarding Albert Dux, but he was killed along with the rest of his family before he could share it. He had a wife with whom he had a son and a daughter. He lived in Barbizon with his wife and children, and worked at a bar. However, before he was killed, he left a clue for Mireille, a wine bottle which led Mireille to go to the catacombs, where she finds the photocopy of the page which reveals to them the name of their main target, The Soldats.
Vanel is only seen once at the beginning of the episode. He is lying face down with barely discernable facial features.
Vanel lived with his wife, daughter, and son in a house in the French commune of Barbizon. Vanel also worked in a bar, where his boss revered him as a man with a strong sense of honor who loved and cared for his children. Him and his family were well-liked by Mireille, who considered them among the few people she could trust. Mireille had kept in contact with Vanel prior to his death, in an attempt to discover more about Albert Dux and his contacts. A week before he was killed, he was seen by his boss in the bar where he worked, looking unusually pallid. He also left for Mireille a wine bottle which had hidden directions to a photocopy of a page (which revealed the name of their enemy, the Soldats) in the catacombs in St. Galen's Cathedral.
While at his home, Vanel called Mireille to tell her that he had information for her, and requested that she come to his house that noon, on behalf of him and his wife. However, following the phone call, him and his entire family were murdered by an unknown person. Mireille and Kirika later arrived at his home to discover this.
Mireille later met Vanel's old boss at the bar he worked at, who revealed to her that Vanel left a scotch whisky bottle in Mireille's name. The front label on the bottle read:
"Mireille, to our memories of St. Galen's Cathedral."
Mireille returned home with the bottle, as her and Kirika discussed what its possible meaning could be. Kirika took a closer look at the bottle, and saw that the bottom of the front label read "Edinburgh KW2754A" with circles drawn over the "d" and the "5", and triangles drawn over the "g" and "7".
The two went to St. Galen's Cathedral and entered the catacombs, where Mireille figured out that the "d" and the "5" meant to go right, or "droit", five paces, and the "g" and the "7" meant to go left, or "gauche", 7 paces. She eventually found a manila envelope in which the photocopy of the page was.