Plantu in Le Monde, 5 December 1978
Jean Plantureux, better known as Plantu, has announced that he will soon be leaving the newspaper for which he has been drawing cartoons for 50 years. He is the second cartoonist to lose Le Monde this week, although Plantu has assured that his decision has nothing to do with Xavier Gorce’s departure.
The cartoonist, who has some 14,000 cartoons to his name, has already handed over most of his originals to the French National Library and intends to retire in March to coincide with his 70th birthday.
The space occupied by his work in Le Monde will be taken up by cartoons from Cartooning for Peace, an organisation Plantu founded with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan 15 years ago to promote cartoons from around the world.
The artist was born in Paris on 23 March 1951. In October 1972, he published his first cartoon on the Vietnam War in the newspaper Le Monde. From 1980 to 1986, he also worked for the magazine Phosphore, and since 1991 he has also published a weekly page in the magazine L’Express.
Plantu, l’éditorial en caricature
A 2001 documentary by Julien Plantereux that portrays Plantu, follows him in his daily work at Le Monde and his weekly work at L’Express. Even shows the process of creating a cartoon. Different collaborators from these two media take part and we discover the behind-the-scenes of the editorial cartoonist’s job.