France: cartoonist Plantu leaves Le Monde after 50 years

Libération also parted ways with its famous cartoonist, Willem

31 March, 17:28

    Famous cartoonist of Le Monde, Jean Plantureux, known as Plantu Famous cartoonist of Le Monde, Jean Plantureux, known as Plantu

    PARIS - With "Plantu and Le Monde: 50 years of history" - a cartoon dedicated to the imminent announcements of President Emmanuel Macron to fight the coronavirus - the famous cartoonist of Le Monde, Jean Plantureux, known as Plantu, has bid farewell to the Parisian newspaper after 50 years. "His regard, for five decades, has accompanied the evolution of the planet", wrote on the frontpage Le Monde, which dedicated to the designer a special eight-page supplement.

    In an incredible coincidence, the newspaper Libération also parted ways with its most famous cartoonist, Willem, the Belgian who is retiring together with Plantu after a 40-year-long career at the historic newspaper of the Parisian gauche.

    As explained by the editor in chief of Le Monde, Jerome Fenoglio, Plantu will be replaced by colleagues from the international collective 'Cartooning for peace', which Plantu contributed to fund. For its part, Libération - which dedicated its edition today to Willem, including its front page - has hired to replace him Coco, the cartoonist who survived the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo, "the first woman to have such a rile at a national newspaper", the daily wrote. Her first cartoon is scheduled to be published on Thursday.

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