Dulac, detective agency, Louvre, Paris
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A rainy day at the Dulac detective agency in Paris. I imagine Madame Duluc heading towards the Louvre where a body has been found beneath the all-knowing eyes of the Mona Lisa…

The sign and doorway may look like part of a movie set, but they belong to one of the last — and oldest — private detective agencies in France. Still family run, the current head is one Madame Duluc, who inherited the agency from her father, who in turn inherited it from his father — a former policeman in the “La Sûreté Nationale” (the detective branch of the civil police force in Paris at the time).

The original license for the agency inside the office shows the founder, Jean Duluc, a well-dressed man with a bow tie and an elegant handlebar mustache. He began his agency in 1913, and it has been operating out of this location, just around the corner from the Louvre Museum, since 1945. As a full-service private detective agency, they carry on the tradition — investigating missing persons, industrial espionage, swindle cases, and everything in between. As they quietly profess, “24/7 service. Total discretion.”