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    This fascinating Maigret site, originally at, was created by Guido de Croock, ca. October 10, 2002 (based on his guestbook), who announced it on the Forum of this site on 1/15/03. Unfortunately, it disappeared abruptly from the Net in 2006.
    These pages were reconstructed from the Internet Archives and presented here, at the Simenon's Inspector Maigret site, since July 19, 2007. The reconstructed text is apparently complete, but unfortunately, many of the original images were missing from the archives, indicated herein by empty frames.
    On Oct. 2, 2014, most of the missing images were recovered, generously supplied by Jürgen Lull, in Germany, who had saved copies of the original site. For most pages, Guido's original images can now be seen again.
    [Still missing are some images on pages which appeared after Jürgen's copy was made: Le charretier de "La Providence" 2, Chez les Flamands 1,2, many of the Travel Log images - Paray-le-Frésil 1,2, Châteauneuf-sur-Loire 1,2, Arpajon / Avrainville 1,2, Dizy 1,2, and Givet, and a few linked images.]

Maigret's journeys in France
Chez les Flamands
Maigret and the Flemish shop - The Flemish shop
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Georges Simenon's Maigret
MAIGRET is the leading character in 103 of Georges Simenon's novels and short stories.
Jules Maigret is the head of the homicide-squad (Brigade spéciale) of the "Police Judiciaire" in Paris, France.
The Maigret-novels were written from 1930 until 1972.
Maigret in France outside of Paris
Most Maigret novels and stories are set in Paris. The typical quarters of the French capital and its population play a significant role in Simenon's work.
Although commissioner Maigret and his homicide-squad only have jurisdiction in the Department of the Seine (Departement de la Seine), in some cases he operates in other parts of France.
Sometimes he gets mixed up in an investigation by chance, being on vacation, visiting a friend or rendering a service to someone. In other cases he is called upon by police forces in the province to help out or a Paris inquiry brings him to another part of the country.
12 short stories and 21 novels are set on localities outside of Paris.
The importance of settings and localities in Simenon's work
Simenon writes about people. About their thoughts and their feelings, their motives and impulses.They are rich, well off or in many cases destitute and impoverished. They are prejudiced and narrow-minded or tolerant and liberal. All these characters live their lives in specific surroundings. In a small province-town, a countryside hamlet or a seaside village. Under the burning sun of the French "Midi" or in the damp marshes of the "Vendée". These surroundings are significant for their actions and deeds, for their mentality and their outlook on life.
Simenon is such a master in describing these surroundings and their ambiance that they play an essential role in the make up and structure of his novels and stories. The author turns them, so to speak, into an extra character.
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There is much more to know!
The study of the localities where the Maigret-novels are set and the journeys undertaken through the beautiful country of France by Simenon's protagonist are only a small fraction of what there is to know about Commissioner Maigret.
On Steve Trussel's "Simenon's Maigret Website" the devotee can find a treasure of information on this subject.
Two "authentic" commissioners of the
Police Judiciaire, Massu (left) and Guillaume (center).
Both stood model for the character of Maigret.
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Steve Trussel's Website
Georges Simenon
The Belgian author Georges Simenon was born in Liege (Belgium) in 1903. When he was 18 years old he moved to Paris, France to become a writer. The greater part of his life he stayed in France but he also lived in the U.S.A. and in Switzerland.
He died in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1989.
A comprehensive biography of the author can be found on the website of: Le Centre d'études Georges Simenon et le Fonds Simenon de l'Université de Liège.
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Centre Simenon
For more information on localities go to the Travel Log
Any response, remarks and suggestions with regard to this website and its subject are very welcome!
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From top to bottom:
- WebSite logo: Adaptation by G. de Croock of a drawing of Maigret's silhouette from the cover of: Georges Simenon, "Maigret hesite", Presses de la Cite, Paris.
- Map by:Route 66, Route Europa 2000, Copyright Route 66 Geographic Information Systems B.V., Ede (NL). Adaptation by G. De Croock .
- From Steve Trussel's Inspector Maigret's WebSite: "There is also a reference to him in Francis Lacassin's pamphlet, Simenon 1931, La naissance de Maigret [The Birth of Maigret] accompanying the Tout Simenon set by Presses de la Cité, which includes the photograph at left, captioned "Two models for Maigret: Commissioners Massu and Guillaume." [Deux modèles de Maigret: les commissaires Massu et Guillaume]". Ph. Keystone.
- Maigret's silhouette: Logo of Steve Trussel's Inspector Maigret's WebSite.
- Cut out of a photograph of Simenon with Johnny and Marie-Jo, from the WebSite of the Fonds Simenon: Château de Colonster, Allée des Erables,B-4000 LIEGE, BELGIQUE.
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