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Movie 36th Precinct Olivier Marchal (2004)
The 36 Quai des Orfèvres is the focal point of the film, inspired by Olivier Marchal's career as a policeman before becoming an actor and director. The premises house the offices of the Parisian Criminal Investigation Department.
PJ offices at 36 quai des orfèvres
36 quai des orfèvres, home of the PJ offices (photo credit: Jebulon / Wiki Commons)

– Someone will get my desk. You’re the right man.

– Klein wants to be Chief.

– He wants power, that’s different.

Robert Mancini (André Dussolier) talking to Léo Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil)

The 36 Quai des Orfèvres is the central point of the film as its title indicates. The address housed the headquarters, staff and common services of the Regional Directorate of the Judicial Police of the Paris Prefecture, more commonly known as the PJ offices.

Robert Mancini (André Dussolier) is looking for a successor to lead this very old institution of the judicial police. For this, he pits Léo Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil) against Denis Klein (Gérard Depardieu). It will reward those who catch gang leaders attacking cross-country carriers.

Two bikers take down the street sign in one of the first scenes of the film. It is a gift from two police officers to one of their colleagues who has been transferred. This true story inspired Olivier Marchal, a member of the Versailles police force from 1980 to 1982. The director then relies on memories of his career as a police officer for his feature film.

1946

In 1946, the Quai des Orfèvres prize was created, a literary prize for a detective story

Although, since 2017, the address no longer houses the offices of the Parisian judicial police, it remains emblematic. It was established in 1913, more than a century after its establishment by Jules Ferry. The place has often been associated with major French criminal cases such as that of Jacques Mesrine or Guy Georges.

36 Quai des Orfèvres

If, since 2017, the address no longer houses the offices of the Parisian judicial police, 36 quai des orfèvres remains emblematic of the great French judicial cases.

The offices of the criminal investigation department were set up 36 quai des orfèvres in 1913, more than a century after its installation by Jules Ferry. The premises were often associated with major French criminal cases such as that of Jacques Mesrine or Guy Georges.

The building was constructed between 1875 and 1880 on the site of the former hotel of the first president of the Paris Court of Appeal. It was rehabilitated after its destruction on May 24, 1871, during the Commune, in particular for the courthouse. It was in one of its wings that the offices of the PJ were set up.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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