Signé Picpus (Maigret, Livre 44) by Georges Simenon

By Georges Simenon

Signé Picpus est un roman policier de Georges Simenon publié en 1944 dans le recueil Signé Picpus ; il fait partie de los angeles série des Maigret.
Simenon achève l'écriture de ce roman en 1941. L'œuvre connaît une ebook pré-originale en feuilleton dans le quotidien Paris-Soir, du eleven décembre 1941 au 21 janvier 1942 (soit 34 épisodes), sous le titre Signé Picpus ou los angeles Grande Colère de Maigret.
Le manuscrit est vendu aux enchères au revenue des prisonniers de guerre, à l'initiative de l'auteur en 1943.

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L'intrigue se déroule en France, à Paris. Un yes Mascouvin, petit employé chez des marchands de biens, vient annoncer à los angeles police qu'il a découvert sur le buvard d'un café un étrange message: "Demain, à cinq heures, je tuerai l. a. voyante. Signé Picpus". Maigret, peu convaincu, fait tout de même surveiller les voyantes de Paris. Or, le lendemain de los angeles visite de Mascouvin, une voyante est effectivement retrouvée poignardée chez elle, rue Caulaincourt.

Maigret se rend sur les lieux, et trouve, enfermé dans l. a. food de los angeles voyante, un étrange bonhomme, nommé Le Cloaguen, vêtu d'un gros imperméable, malgré l. a. chaleur de ce mois d'août. L'homme prétend n'avoir rien vu rien entendu. Maigret le ramène chez lui, et découvre que Mme Le Cloaguen a l'habitude d'enfermer son mari, parce que celui-ci ne serait pas tout à fait sain d'esprit.

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16 This was his last fling at European unity. Enthusiasm for a European solution waned. In February 1949 a less federalist EDM won support from under 60 Labour MPs, all but nine of whom had signed the April 1948 motion. The mainstream Left’s interest in European federalism was thus ephemeral. After 1950 it disappeared from the leftwing agenda, even as an aspiration. The federalist Mackay was out of Parliament after 1951. Only the old Independent Labour Party tradition was still there, but weakening.

7 On 2 June Paris asked the six governments now involved to decide within 24 hours whether they would take part on the terms proposed. By now Bevin was in hospital and Attlee was on holiday. Cripps, who was more positive about the proposal, was also absent, sick. It fell to Bevin’s deputy Kenneth Younger to find acting Prime Minister Herbert Morrison in a restaurant with the news of the ultimatum. The latter’s reaction: ‘It’s no good. We cannot do it. 8 On 3 June the government issued a tight-lipped statement which concluded that, ‘an unhappy situation would arise if, having bound themselves to certain principles without knowing how they would work out in practice, they [the governments] were to find themselves, as a result of the discussion, compelled to withdraw from their undertakings’.

8 When peace came, Britain was separated from continental Europe not only by 20 miles of water and two centuries of imperial history, but by differing wartime experiences. The few neutrals apart, the continental countries, whether Allied or Axis, had one experience in common: military defeat and foreign occupation. Their political and judicial institutions had been destroyed by the occupier, their civil societies undermined, and their nation states subjected to his will. On the continent the nation state had failed in its primary function of protecting its citizens from external threat.

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