Plantu's drawing of peace dove
7 January 2020

Centre for editorial and satirical cartoons

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, has announced the creation of a centre for editorial and satirical cartoons. The brainchild and wish of cartoonist Georges Wolinski, this initiative seeks to provide a forum for the design, showcasing and promotion of editorial and satirical cartoons as well as for supporting cartoonists.
Editorial cartoons are a reflection of our times, our freedoms and the dangers that threaten them. Drawn to amuse and inform us, often in an irreverential tone, editorial cartoons are a powerful means of expression and creativity in our societies that enhance media independence and therefore the vitality of our democracies.

The Government would like to take specific steps to champion this artistic form of activism with mainstream appeal.

Franck Riester has asked Vincent Monadé, who is shortly due to stand down as head of the French National Book Centre (CNL), for proposals, by the end of May 2020, enabling France to set up such a unique and unprecedented centre.
"I firmly believe that we need a place today where meetings, training and exhibitions can be held on editorial and satirical cartoons, in line with Georges Wolinski’s wishes. A place for free expression, for explaining and showing. A place meeting the highest scientific standards, open to the world, embracing tomorrow’s challenges for editorial cartoons and shining the spotlight on cartoonists."
Franck Riester, Minister of Culture