It is not usual for a work to be dedicated to a publisher. The trade requires that a publisher works for the success of its authors and not for its own. Yet this is what has just happened to Jean Picollec with the work published by Synthèse editions (Lannion): “Jean Picollec l’atypique”. This is an opportunity to follow the latter in the various publishing houses where he officiated: Larousse, Alain Moreau, La Table ronde and, finally, Jean Picollec. His greatest commercial success was Roland Jacquard’s book In the name of Osama Bin Laden– translated into 29 languages – which came out three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York – flair plays a big role in the publishing business.
This Breton from Concarneau was not content to just “make hits”, he also published numerous works devoted to Brittany and the Celtic world: Tales of the Blue Horse. Windy days (Irene Frain), Famine and Skerreth (Liam O’Flaherty) The Great Welsh Bards (Jean Markale), Celtic mythology (Yann Brekilien), The blacksmith’s dog (Cúchulainn), Cantors of all Britains. 20 years of Breton song (André-Georges Hamon), Breizh Atao. History and current events of Breton nationalism (Olier Mordrel), Parallel memories (Gwenn-Ael Bolloré), Stele for Edern (Arnaud Le Guern), The IRA (Tim Pat Coogan), To the west, new (Bertrand Cousin), Gilles de Rais or the end of a world (Michel Herubel), Olivier de Clisson, constable of France or leader of the Breton party (Yvonig Gicquel), We killed Mounbatten. Ira speaks (Roger Faligot) Scotland: the tumultuous connections with London (James McCearney), The Celtic Challenge (Alain Guillerm), Aiquin’s Song (Jean-Claude Lozac’hmeur), Merlin, Tristan, Is and other tales Brittonics (Thierry Jigourel), fox school (Youenn Drezen), My Brittany…: getting to know it and loving it while having fun… Jean-Pierre Collignon), Jean Coetanlem (Leon Gaultier), When the river remembers the source (Yvon Le Men), Closed for poetry (Gerard Le Gouic), Brittany, spaces and solitude (Jean Hervoche, etc.
A new biography of Vincent Bolloré is essential
The news is that the biography of Vincent Bolloré, signed by Jean Bothorel, could interest many readers. Unfortunately, it dates back to April 2008 and since that time a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Editions Jean Picollec would therefore benefit from publishing a new edition very greatly enriched because Vincent Bolloré has become a heavyweight in the sector since his company Vivendi controls Editis and its 52 publishing houses (including Julliard, Robert Laffont, Plon, Perrin, La Découverte …). The appetite coming while eating, he thought of expanding his kingdom by swallowing Hachette Livre (Grasset, Fayard, Stock, Calmann-Lévy, Lattès, Livre de poche, Hachette Education, Hatier, Larousse, Albert René…), one of the jewels of the Lagardere group. But we had to reckon with European competition law, which does not like monopolies. “The newly created group would be too dominant in its distribution activities, but also in certain segments such as pocket books or school textbooks (…) The file was studied at the level of the European Commission in Brussels (…) Ten months more Later, the problem returned in all directions, Vivendi therefore decided to separate from Editis, to anticipate the demands of European regulators. » (Release, July 30-31, 2022). The Hachette-Editis merger will not take place, Vivendi (Bolloré) sells Editis and buys Hachette Livre. CQFD.
An anecdote told by Jean Picollec in the book dedicated to him will serve as a conclusion. “ Following the release of the book Le dossier secret du Canard enchaîné by Christian Plume and Xavier Pasquini, certain journalists outside the editorial staff of Le Canard enchaîné sued me for having revealed their occasional collaboration with the weekly. The one who particularly wanted the “skin” of the Jean Picollec editions was Claude Angeli who reproached me for doing in this book what Le Canard did every week in its columns: who was behind such a decision? Who was pulling the strings? Moreover, having heard of the imminent publication of the book, he had asked to meet me. Appointment was made in front of their premises, at the bar of the Hôtel de Normandie. He received me, with the son of the writer Robert Gaillard, and explained to me that I was unaware of wanting to publish this book, that it was going to lead to the death of my publishing house… and that if I went back on my decision to publish it, Le Canard enchaîné would obviously be very attentive to all my publications, which it would not fail to report on regularly.
I called him two days later to tell him that the book was in print. He exploded in stupefying rage… I immediately called the director of Le Canard enchaîné, Roger Fressoz, to be surprised at this virulence and certain threatening innuendo… Uncomfortable, he only pointed out to me that I had to expect reactions with the publication of such a book. ” How The chained Duck did he react? ” They sued me for defamation by hourly injunctions. They didn’t all arrive together at a single audience, no! they came separately, so that I have to undergo two hearings a week. After two months (they had three months to prosecute me), Justice, having no doubt understood their trick, said to their lawyer: “Listen, now you are suing the editions “at the bottom” or your referrals “ from hour to hour” will no longer be guaranteed by law. How did the affair end? “So, nothing more: there was no more hearing and everything stopped there. It just got me boycotted by this weekly, contrary to its professions of faith never to boycott or inflict ostracism. »
In 2012, Claude Angeli retired as editor-in-chief of Chained duck. But he remains faithful to the post with his column (at the bottom of page three) devoted to military, armament and intelligence matters.
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