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Press cartoon: Le Monde bets on diversity for the post-Plantu era


From Thursday, the daily will appeal for its front page to cartoonists from around the world, from the Cartooning for Peace association, to replace the historic cartoonist of the title. An initiative that will "meet the eye".

Goodbye little mice ... From Thursday for its cover, Le Monde will call on cartoonists from all over the world, from the Cartooning for peace association founded by Plantu, which will end on Wednesday a career of nearly half a century in the newspaper.

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Le Monde

As he announced in January, Plantu, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday, has asserted his retirement rights in the daily newspaper.

He will sign his last drawing in one of

Le Monde

in the edition published on Wednesday and dated Thursday.

To mark the occasion, the daily will publish, in addition to its final one-page drawing, an eight-page supplement retracing his 49 years in Le Monde.

A rich career that began in October 1972, in the midst of the Vietnam War, with a drawing of a dove.

It was in 1985 that his drawings became a distinctive element of the newspaper, when

Le Monde

decided to dedicate a place on the front page to him every day.

To turn the page, the daily will now open its front page to dozens of French and international cartoonists, via a partnership with the Cartooning for Peace association launched in 2006 by Plantu with Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the UN.

This network brings together more than 200 professionals from all continents, including French and French speakers, which will allow you to vary your perspectives on current affairs on a daily basis.

Every day, the association will offer us four to five drawings, produced either at the initiative of their designers, or because we have ordered them, and as always the



will choose the drawing that seems to us the most. adapted, in the context of the one

”of the day, explained to AFP the director of the daily Jérôme Fenoglio.

"To meet the glances"

If these drawings will have to respect the graphic codes and the format of the daily newspaper, this partnership will bring an unprecedented variety of points of view, underlines the person in charge.


The press cartoon has an issue of renewal, openness and feminization and we said to ourselves that the departure of Plantu was, while guaranteeing the maintenance of a drawing in the front page of the newspaper, the opportunity to open that window

”by handing it over to the members of Cartooning for Peace, he said.


This is a very strong message

", he argues, because this initiative will allow "to

cross the glances

" and to "

make dialogue with the readers

" of the French and foreign designers, that it is on the French or international news. .

An approach distinct from that of another daily,


, which relies on the designer Coco.

Chance of the calendar, this figure of

Charlie Hebdo will

succeed, also this week, the official cartoonist of the newspaper, Willem, becoming the first woman in France to play this role in a major daily.

Read also: Willem in ten drawings

There is a change of generation, it is obvious, since we have two cartoonists who were emblematic of their publication and who at the same time assert their pension rights, and each newspaper has chosen to renew itself, to turn to cartoonists who conform to what they have been trying to show for years



by opting for a designer from the same satirical vein as Willem, and

Le Monde

with a new generation in the lineage of Plantu, underlines Mr. Fenoglio.

In any case, through this new device,

Le Monde

, which publishes on average more than a thousand drawings per year (excluding illustrations) intends to reaffirm its support for designers and caricature.

Unlike the

New York Times

which decided in 2019 to stop political cartoons in its international edition, and despite the controversy caused by the departure of Xavier Gorce, the father of the "


" who slammed the door of the newspaper at the beginning of year.

Read also: Five years after the

Charlie Hebdo


, the press cartoon has lost its bite


Plantu had a wish that completely met mine: to pursue an orientation strongly favorable to press cartoons

", and "

it was never a hypothesis

" to move away from it, assures the director of

Le Monde


Source: lefigaro

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