It might be good to finally explain "what is a café in Paris?" and for example "why is Starbucks not a café?" Well, it's a matter of the liquor licence displayed on the establishment. Licence I was eliminated in 2011 because it was ridiculous. It concerned "places selling non alcoholic beverages." Since anybody with a commercial licence can sell non alcoholic beverages, there was absolutely no need for this category. Licence II covers places selling beer, wine and other beverages containing less than 18% alcohol, as long as they are served with food. Places like McDonald's in France have this licence since they sell beer. Licence III makes no sense to me, because it concerns places selling beverages with less than 18% alcohol, but not beer or wine. I don't know if any such place even exists. As for licence IV, that is what cafés and bars have. It is a "hard liquor" license and allows the sale of any kind of alcoholic beverage, with or without food. Takeaway alcoholic beverages are authorised as well.
There are two theories on the origin of the name Picpus, which used to be the village of Pique-Puce outside of Paris. One possibility is that it was named after a skin disease in the 16th century. Mostly women and children were covered with red spots that looked like mosquito or flea (puce) bites, and there was a monk living there who was able to cure the disease through the application of some sort of alcoholic concoction, hence it became a place to go to get treatment and a religious order moved in to specialise in the problem.
The other story is simpler, with the idea of the pic being a kind of sharp knife (or pick) and puce being a corruption of the Celtic pod or pud to indicate a hill. This would assume that people knew that if they went up the hill, they could find knives to buy.
I see that there is more than one "Le Marigny" in Paris...
Dragging up this comment from the past, I learned just the other day that Marigny, Balto, Jean Bart, Ariel, Celtique, Fontenoy are such common café names because the former French tobacco monopoly, La Seita, paid owners of café-tabacs to give their establishments the name of some of the brands that they were promoting. Lots of the names have remained even though the monopoly ended in 1976 -- and those cigarette brands have disappeared as well.
Funny to see these, Kerouac. The images don't post for me today until post 141. Then I see places I know since it was exactly where our apartment was. I had a coffee with Jazz at the 139. And the Cretan caterer was right next door!
Editing to add that they did appear once I posted.