Plantu, Cartooning for Peace

Plantu self portrait

Jean Plantureux, better known as Plantu, has published during the last fifty years more than 25,000 drawings and cartoons in approximately 40 publications including Le Monde, L’Express, Le Canard Enchaine and Charlie Hebdo. Now the Bibliotheque National de France is paying tribute to this celebrated French political satirist with a mini retrospective “Plantu, 50 ans de dessins de presse” exhibiting 150 drawings, preliminary sketches and a couple of his sculptures (until May 20, 2018).

In addition to his illustrations for newspapers and magazines Plantu has published more than 60 books featuring his political cartoons. He cofounded “Cartooning for Peace” in 2006 which defends freedom of expression for cartoonists. “As part of the association we try to rebuild bridges between different communities where others try to make fractures,” Plantu explained in a recent Le Figaro Newspaper interview. “We go to schools, to prisons all over the world. We set up conversations on images that are not understood. We listen, we dialogue…”

Plantu, 50 ans de dessins de presse. To May 20, 2018. BNF, Francois Mitterand. Free admission.,