World Four authors who sponsored the "Year of Comics" of the Ministry of Culture resign to protest against the closure of bookstores

21:15  31 october  2020
21:15  31 october  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Florence Cestac, Catherine Meurisse, Régis Loisel and Jul have resigned collectively to denounce "the inconsistency and contradictions political choices "by the government" with regard to culture "on the occasion of the reconfinement.

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Four comic book authors who sponsored the Year of Comics of the Ministry of Culture announced on Saturday October 31 their collective resignation to protest against the closing of bookstores.

Florence Cestac, Catherine Meurisse, Régis Loisel and Jul

"We decided, faced with the inconsistency and contradictions of political choices with regard to the culture and professions of the book in this time of pandemic, to resign immediately from this responsibility, "write the authors in a joint statement.

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These are Florence Cestac ("Harry Mickson", "Daughter of the birds"), Catherine Meurisse ("Moderne Olympia", "Les Grands Espaces"), Régis Loisel ("Peter Pan", "General store") and Jul ("Silex and the City", "Lucky Luke").

A "masquerade emptied of its meaning"

The Year of the Comic Strip 2020 had been extended by the Ministry of Culture until June 2021. "This official event is no longer akin to a masquerade emptied of its meaning, we will no longer take part in any responsibility in connection with these celebrations ", write the four authors.

Calls for the opening of bookstores have multiplied since the announcement Wednesday evening, October 28 by President Emmanuel Macron of a new containment against the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic. These stores are not on the list of so-called "essential" businesses authorized by the government to remain open. However, they can make deliveries or offer to pick up orders at the store door ("click and collect").

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