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I can add some infomation to supplement Murielle's text, Maigret and the mysteries of the crossroads...
In Pierre Assouline's biography of Simenon, we find this about Jean Renoir's film, La nuit du carrefour:
"The interiors were shot in a studio in Billancourt, outside Paris, the exteriors at the intersection of Routes 1 and 309, in La Croix-Verte, [by Bouffémont]. Simenon was careful to show personal interest in the proceedings, visiting the set many times between January and March 1932. Marcel Lucien, the director of photography, submerged the images in a thick fog. The atomosphere was truly sinister, and the overall effect had a rare poetry.And, at the site of the online archives of the Bibliothèque nationale française, we can find an article about it written by Simenon for the newspaper Paris-Soir, April 16, 1932, p.6:
So, Simenon was indeed deeply involved in the film. As to whether it is "his" Crossroads... here are the results of my research on the famous crossroads:
Although the National 309 has been transformed into D909 and the surroundings completely rearranged, swith a little work I located the famous intersection. I think it's certainly the same building, which also house a restaurant, "Royal Croix Verte". We are there, north of Paris, and nothing corresponds to Etampes nor Arpajon, but the crossroads are close to Attainville (Avrainville?) and Croix-Verte could be Three Widows...
As the novel was written in 1931 and the film made in 1932, I tend to think that it was this crossroads that inspired Simenon, even if he moved it in his novel to blur the tracks...
translation: S. Trussel, Honolulu, 1/25/2018* the text of the Nuit du carrefour pages in Assouline's biography