Biography: Jean Plantureux/Plantu

Jean Plantureux—known as Plantu—was one of France's most famous satirical cartoonists. Le Monde first published his drawings in 1972, made him a regular in the Sunday paper in 1982, and in 1985 gave him space for a daily cartoon on Page One. His favored themes included domestic politics; international violence and its correlative, peace; and corruption. From 1990, Plantu also held a contract with L'Express for regular contributions. The award-winning cartoonist’s drawings, about whom scholars have written PhD theses, have appeared at exhibitions and galleries worldwide.