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See detailContribution of donors after cardiac death to the deceased donor pool: 2002 to 2009 university of liege experience.
Ledinh, H.; Meurisse, Nicolas ULg; Delbouille, Michèle ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4369-72

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine whether this program influenced transplantation programs, or donation after brain death (DBD) activity. METHODS: We prospectively collected our procurement and transplantation statistics in a database for retrospective review. RESULTS: We observed an increasing trend in potential and actual DCD number. The mean conversion rate turning potential into effective donors was 58.1%. DCD accounted for 16.6% of the deceased donor (DD) pool over 8 years. The mean age for effective DCD donors was 53.9 years (range, 3-79). Among the effective donors, 63.3% (n = 31) came from the transplant center and 36.7% (n = 18) were referred from collaborative hospitals. All donors were Maastricht III category. The number of kidney and liver transplants using DCD sources tended to increase. DCD kidney transplants represented 10.8% of the DD kidney pool and DCD liver transplants made up 13.9% of the DD liver pool over 8 years. The DBD program activity increased in the same time period. In 2009, 17 DCD and 33 DBD procurements were performed in a region with a little >1 million inhabitants. CONCLUSION: The establishment of a DCD program in our institution enlarged the donor pool and did not compromise the development of the DBD program. In our experience, DCD are a valuable source for abdominal organ transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detail3D information is valuable for the detection of humans in video streams
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Lejeune, Antoine ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in 3D Stereo Media (2010, December)

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of humans and objects moving in the scene. Then, a machine learning algorithm is used to predict if a silhouette annotated with depth matches a human silhouette or not. The complete method is designed to cope with defects introduced during the segmentation step. Results, obtained on computer generated data, show that 3D depth data is a valuable information for detecting humans in that it improves over techniques based on binary silhouettes. In our experiments, we have reached an accuracy of 99.9% thanks to the depth information. [less ▲]

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See detailRenal transplantation from living related donors: a single center experience in viet nam.
Ledinh, H.; Detry, Olivier ULg; Pham, M. S. et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4389-91

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, has permitted the establishment of an autonomous program of renal transplantation from living-related donors at the Peoples' Hospital No 115. The aim of this paper was to report the primary results of the project and to draw conclusions for the future. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2004 to July 2008, we performed 33 living-related renal transplantations. Mean ages of donors and recipients were 31.8 +/- 9.5 and 41.6 +/- 13.5 years, respectively. Laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 6 donors. The immunosuppressive regimen consisted of three drugs associated with induction therapy using anti-interleukin-2 receptor monoclonal antibody. RESULTS: The 33 donors are in good health at follow-up. Four developed major intra- or postoperative hemorrhage necessitating transfusion, with a surgical re-exploration in 1 donor. Wound infection occurred in 2 donors. Posttransplant recipient and graft survivals at 1 versus 3 years were 82% and 73% versus 82% and 65%, respectively. Eight recipients presented 13 biopsy-proven acute rejection episodes that were reversible in 7, but 1 patient lost his graft due to an irreversible rejection. Two recipients developed cancer. CONCLUSIONS: These initial results have encouraged us to continue the program of renal transplantation from living-related donors. However, they also pointed out the need to develop other donor sources. [less ▲]

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See detailOpinions publiques et politique européenne de sécurité et de défense commune : acteurs, positions, évolutions
Dumoulin, André ULg; Manigart, Philippe

Book published by Bruylant (2010)

Le but de cet ouvrage multidisciplinaire et collectif est, d’une part, de mesurer le degré de concordance – ou de discordance – entre les opinions du public et les décisions politiques en matière de PESD ... [more ▼]

Le but de cet ouvrage multidisciplinaire et collectif est, d’une part, de mesurer le degré de concordance – ou de discordance – entre les opinions du public et les décisions politiques en matière de PESD et, d’autre part, de proposer des mesures « pédagogiques » concrètes pour mieux informer les citoyens des enjeux de cette politique. Il a donc pour modeste ambition d’analyser les demandes et les soutiens des opinions publiques européennes en matière de PESD et de voir dans quelle mesure la boucle de rétroaction dans ce domaine pourrait être améliorée pour mieux convaincre ces opinions publiques de l’importance de la PESD pour l’avenir de l’Union. Il s’agira, dans une première partie, de présenter les acteurs principaux de la PESD dans leur rapport aux publics généraux et spécialisés (Sous-commission sécurité-défense du Parlement européen, Assemblée parlementaire de l’UEO, Collège européen de sécurité et de défense, Institut d’Etudes de sécurité de l’UE, organisation de l’ « Erasmus militaire ») ainsi que certaines études de cas sur les élites face aux Eurobaromètres, think tanks français et PESD et acteur national face à la PESD (Parlement belge). Dans une deuxième partie, nous aborderons les sondages d’opinion autour de la PESD, les enseignements des Eurobaromètres, le poids des opinions publiques françaises, britanniques et françaises face à cette politique sectorielle européenne, parallèlement à plusieurs contributions autour de la presse écrite belge, française, britannique et allemande sur la même thématique. Nous terminerons cette partie par la mesure de l’opinion de publics spécialisés sur la PESD à partir d’un sondage effectué auprès d’élèves de l’Ecole Spéciale Militaire de St Cyr (France), de la Nederlandse Defensie Academie de Breda (Pays-Bas) et de l’Ecole royale militaire (Belgique), les futurs officiers des ces trois armées. L’examen des opinions de publics spécialisés, en l’occurrence les futures officiers d’armées européennes, concernant la PESD permet d’appréhender la maîtrise de cette matière et ainsi d’améliorer l’information et de la communication dans ce domaine. Dans la mesure où ces publics sont les premiers concernés par les missions de gestion de crise de l’Union européenne, leur connaissance de cette politique est quelque chose d’important. Qui plus est, les réponses des élèves de ces écoles militaires sont des révélateurs puissants de la « pénétration » des matières européennes autant que des cultures nationales. Dans la mesure où plusieurs des questions posées lors de cette enquête provenaient de la série des Eurobaromètres, enquêtes réalisées pour le secteur Analyse de l'opinion publique de la Commission européenne auprès d’échantillons représentatifs de la population des différents Etats-membres de l’Union européenne, on essaiera de comparer, là où c’est possible et pertinent, les opinions des futurs officiers belges, français et néerlandais à celles de leurs opinions publiques nationales respectives. Il ne s’agira toutefois que de comparaisons très approximatives, dans la mesure où ni les méthodes utilisées (questionnaires écrits d’un côté et face-à-face de l’autre), ni les périodes de collecte des données ne sont les mêmes ; ces comparaisons nous permettront néanmoins de voir si, au niveau de leurs perceptions de la politique européenne de sécurité et de défense, nos publics spécialisés se démarquent ou non, systématiquement et de manière importante, des publics non spécialisés. Nous pourrons aussi examiner quelles sont les préférences de ces publics en matière de PESD, leur degré d’assimilation, le poids du cadre national et dans quelle mesure ils partagent l’objectif d’une plus grande intégration dans ce domaine. Au vu du processus de différenciation sociale à l’œuvre dans nos sociétés, à côté de cette opinion publique indifférenciée, sont en effet apparus et jouent un rôle de plus en plus important des « publics » plus spécialisés, constitués de groupes/catégories sociales ou professionnelles plus directement concernés et/ou intéressés par un domaine politique particulier. Dans la mesure où ce sont eux/elles qui seront, en partie, chargé(es) de donner corps à la PESD, un des groupes les plus directement concernés est évidemment constitué des militaires des différents pays de l’Union européenne, et en particulier des officiers. Ces derniers ayant un niveau d’instruction plus élevé, étant plus concernés et ayant, de par leur profession, une connaissance a priori plus grande de ce domaine que l’opinion publique générale, on peut s’attendre à qu’ils aient également des opinions plus structurées sur la PESD en général et sur ces différents aspects en particulier. Enfin, dans une troisième partie, sur base de ce diagnostic, l’ouvrage tentera de déterminer les axes autour desquels les efforts d’information devraient être portés afin de favoriser le développement d’une identité collective européenne de sécurité et de défense. Cette identité est d’importance dès qu’il s’agit de faire assimiler les objectifs de la Stratégie européenne de sécurité et la Politique européenne de sécurité et de défense . Du point de vue méthodologique, une combinaison de méthodes, quantitatives (réalisation de sondages auprès de publics spécialisés et analyses secondaires de sondages d’opinions européens et nationaux), qualitatives (analyses de contenu des médias, des débats parlementaires, etc.) et études de cas, a ainsi été utilisée pour générer une connaissance empirique de ce domaine, des différents types d’opinion publique (« grand public » et publics spécialisés), et de la manière dont l’information du public est produite et délivrée. Sur base de ces données, des propositions concrètes en vue d’améliorer le développement d’une identité européenne en matière de sécurité et de défense et ainsi de réduire le « déficit démocratique » dans le domaine de la PESD pourront être avancées. En cela, cet ouvrage peut apporter son concours comme aide au processus de décision autant qu’apport à la connaissance des opinions publiques sur la matière de sécurité et de défense européenne, dans les limites des contraintes de la confidentialité dans le champ intergouvernemental, de l’incapacité de l’opinion publique à se représenter la globalité des enjeux et du caractère éminemment délicat d’un domaine au conséquences parfois létales. [less ▲]

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See detailBressol et Chaverot: la non décision de la Cour de Justice de l'UE
Defossez, Alexandre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2010), 42

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See detailModélisation numérique 2D unifiée des écoulements sur des évacuateurs de crue avec déversoir
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Houille Blanche (2010), (6), 102-108

The hydrodynamic modelling system WOLF 2D enables to combine different hydrodynamic sub-models within one single computation domain. For instance, for the purpose of simulating flows in the vicinity of ... [more ▼]

The hydrodynamic modelling system WOLF 2D enables to combine different hydrodynamic sub-models within one single computation domain. For instance, for the purpose of simulating flows in the vicinity of spillways, the following three hydrodynamic sub-models are interconnected: (i) a conventional “shallow-water” model, (ii) a suitable model for the simulation of the flow on the topographic step directly upstream of the spillway and (iii) a model able to accurately account for the bottom curvature near the spillway crest, along the spillway and at its bottom. In the latter model, based on curvilinear coordinates in the vertical plane, takes into consideration not only the bottom slope but also the bottom curvature in the vertical plane. As a result, the velocity profile along the water depth is generalized compared to the uniform profile usually assumed in the standard shallow-water equations and the pressure distribution is also modified as a function of the bottom curvature and is thus not purely hydrostatic but accounts for the effect of centrifugal forces. This extended mathematical model has been implemented within the modelling system WOLF 2D, based on a new finite volume scheme. Several validation examples and a real application demonstrate the accuracy and the practical applicability of the new model. [less ▲]

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See detailA GPS/GNSS dense network used to monitor ionospheric positioning error
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Lejeune, Sandrine; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2010, December)

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See detailContract 21539/08/NL/SFe - Advancement of mechanical verification methods for non-linear spacecraft: Nonlinearity identification methods: predictive analyses
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg

Report (2010)

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite ... [more ▼]

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite element model of the SmallSat spacecraft are used, without, however, having access to the model itself. The constraints imposed by the considered techniques for breadboard testing are also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailConsensus in non-commutative spaces
Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to ... [more ▼]

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to consensus in log coordinates. Birkhoff theorem, which proves contraction of the Hilbert metric for any positive homogeneous monotone map, provides an early yet general convergence result for consensus algorithms. Because Birkhoff theorem holds in arbitrary cones, we extend consensus algorithms to the cone of positive definite matrices. The proposed generalization finds applications in the convergence analysis of quantum stochastic maps, which are a generalization of stochastic maps to non-commutative probability spaces. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport 2010- Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Amrane, Amirouche ULg; Thiry

Report (2010)

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement ... [more ▼]

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement destiné au dimensionnement et à l’optimisation structurelle des éoliennes offshores de type monopile en acier. Toutefois, lors des développements effectués dans le courant du second semestre de l’année 2010, son application aux éoliennes onshore en acier a été rendue également possible. Ce document s’inscrit dans la continuité du rapport technique semestriel S1 de 2010. Il est laissé au lecteur le soin de se référer à ce dernier pour ce qui concerne la nomenclature utilisée pour décrire les structures étudiées ainsi que le détail des modules implémentés au terme des 6 premiers mois de 2010. La première partie du présent rapport concerne les développements effectués sur le logiciel EOL-OS et se focalise en particulier sur les modules implémentés dans le courant du semestre S2 de 2010. La seconde partie traite des résultats d’optimisation obtenus au terme des différentes simulations et tirent des conclusions générales sur le dimensionnement des structures support des éoliennes. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time synchronization feedbacks for single-atom frequency standards: V- and Lambda-structure systems
Mirrahimi, Mazyar; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real time a probe frequency to the system’s transition frequency. Two specific settings are addressed: a 3-level system coupling one ground to two excited states (one highly unstable and one metastable) and a 3-level system coupling one excited to two ground states (both metastable). Analytical proofs and simulations show the accurate and robust convergence of probe frequency to system-transition frequency in the two cases. [less ▲]

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See detailKalman-filter based decoder in spiking neural networks
Dethier, Julie ULg

Report (2010)

The initial focus of the project is on implementing an existing Kalman-filter based decoder algorithm that controls a 2D computer cursor [GIL2010] into Neurogrids 2D silicon- neuron arrays. Neurogrid ... [more ▼]

The initial focus of the project is on implementing an existing Kalman-filter based decoder algorithm that controls a 2D computer cursor [GIL2010] into Neurogrids 2D silicon- neuron arrays. Neurogrid realizes such functions at negligible energetic cost [BOA2010]. This document gives the necessary background for a Kalman-filter based decoder implementation in a spiking neurl network (SNN). [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnosis and Screening for Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnant Women in Cuba as Pronostic Markers of Congenital Infection in Newborns: 2007-2008
Kouri, Vivian; Correa, Consuelo B; Verdasquera, Denis et al

in The Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal (2010), 29(12), 1105-1110

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of pregnant women at risk for developing active infection due to HCMV as well as to diagnose congenitally infected newborns. Methods: A diagnostic algorithm based on specific immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and, IgG avidity was used to screen serum from 1131 pregnant women enrolled prospectively from 3 municipalities from Havana City, Cuba during 2007–2008. Qualitative multiplex nested PCR and quantitative real time-based PCR testing for HCMV DNA were performed on urine and saliva specimens from women detected with active infection and from their newborns. Results: Most women were seropositive to HCMV (92.7%), with 2.38% (27 women) having active infection. Primary infection was detected in 20 pregnant women (1.77%) while 7 patients (0.62%) had active nonprimary infection. HCMV DNA was detected in specimens from 9 of the 27 pregnant women by both PCR methods. HCMV congenital infection was diagnosed in 12 (1.06%) of the 26 live children born from 25 mothers with active infection, for a vertical transmission rate of 46.2%. Two fetal deaths were reported from 2 women with active infection; furthermore 2 newborns were symptomatic at birth and 2 showed sequelae during the follow-up done until 6 months age. Conclusions: Mothers with active infection during the pregnancy and with HCMV excretion had significant risks, RR = 1.16 and RR = 1.35, respectively, to have congenitally infected children. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainable social enterprise : model and development strategy
Phang, Hanam; Eum, Hyung Sik ULg

Report (2010)

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See detailPattern of early eukaryote evolution in Precambrian oceans
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

Poster (2010, December)

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See detailNightglow investigation around 1.27 µm with VIRTIS/Venus-Express
Migliorini, A.; Piccioni, G.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2010, December)

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on ... [more ▼]

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on board the Venus Express spacecraft. This spectral region is characterized by the presence of the extensively studied (a1Δg – X3Σg-) (0,0) O2 nightglow band, the most intense emission observed on the night side of Venus. However, the comparison between data and synthetic spectra from the (0,0) band only, lacks a good match at wavelengths longer than 1.27 μm, especially in the region around 1.28-1.29 μm. The effects of temperature, CO2 and the (8,5) OH emission at 1.28 µm were investigated as a possible cause to the spectral disagreement, but they all are not enough to explain the observed difference. Instrumental effects were also excluded as possible cause of the mismatch. We found that the inclusion of the (1,1) band O2 emission in the synthetic spectra, originating from the upper vibrational level ν=1 of the (a1Δg – X3Σg-) transition centered at 1.28 μm, in addition to the (0,0), significantly improves the agreement between simulated spectra and observed data in the region at 1.28-1.29 μm. A synthetic spectrum, including the (0,0) and the (1,1) is produced and compared to 4 observed VIRTIS spectra, as an example. From the analyzed data, it results that the (1,1) band with an intensity ranging from the 8 to 15% of the (0,0) band is required to best reproduce the observed VIRTIS spectra. This corresponds to a (1,1) band intensity equal to 3.1-5.8 MR, in limb view, in agreement with the upper limit set by Connes et al., (1979), on their ground-based observations of the oxygen nightglow of Venus. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a Taxonomy of Explanatory Failure Patterns for Small Firms: A Quantitative Research
Crutzen, Nathalie ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg

in Review of Business and Economics (2010), 55(4), 438-463

Whereas it is obvious that the failure process can vary from one firm to another (Argenti, 1976; D'Aveni, 1989; Laitinen, 1991), to date, few researchers have worked on the detection of several ... [more ▼]

Whereas it is obvious that the failure process can vary from one firm to another (Argenti, 1976; D'Aveni, 1989; Laitinen, 1991), to date, few researchers have worked on the detection of several explanatory failure patterns. In addition, none of the reviewed research really focuses on small firms while their failure is important and particular (Julien, 2005). Considering these observations and on the basis of two complementary statistical analyses (Thiétart, 2003), this article identifies, among a sample of 208 small Belgian distressed firms, a taxonomy of five explanatory business failure patterns, i.e. five homogeneous groups of small firms on the basis of the reasons for their failure. As the detection of the fundamental explanatory failure factors is the basis of failure prevention (Argenti, 1976), the identification of these patterns is of crucial importance for a better understanding and for a better prevention of this phenomenon [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de G. Sena Chiesa (dir.), Gemme dei Civici Musei d’Arte di Verona
Veymiers, Richard ULg

in Bryn Mawr Classical Review [=BMCR] (2010), 2010.12.33

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See detailL2MA-2 Langage oral, langage écrit, mémoire, attention
Chevrie-Muller, Claude; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Simon, Anne-Marie et al

Book published by ECPA (2010)

Batterie d'évaluation du langage oral et écrit destinée aux enfants de CE1 (2ème primaire) à la 6ème.

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See detailLes vies multiples de Moebius
Demoulin, Laurent ULg

E-print/Working paper (2010)

Petite réflexion au sujet de l'auteur de bandes dessinées Jean Giraud alias Moebius, notamment au sujet du dernier tome de la série réflexive Inside Moebius.

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