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France: international comic festival faces sexism claims and boycott

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France: international comic festival faces sexism claims and boycott

<p>At least eight candidates for one of the world’s premier cartoon prizes have withdrawn from the competition in protest at the absence of women on the longlist.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bdangouleme.com/">Festival of Angouleme</a>, France celebrates annually cartoonists from across the globe. In 42 years, only one woman has ever won the festival’s Grand Prix – Florence Cesta in 2005.</p> <p>Riad Sattouf was the first to publicly turn his back on the competition, setting out his objections in a Facebook post:</p> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn169467354363786948ddc83">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/riadsattouf/posts/10153530599353052" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/riadsattouf/posts/10153530599353052"><p>Bonjour! J'ai découvert que j'étais dans la liste des nominés au grand prix du festival d'Angoulême de cette année….</p>Posted by <a href="#" role="button">Riad Sattouf</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/riadsattouf/posts/10153530599353052">Tuesday, 5 January 2016</a></blockquote></div></div> <p>Other artists, including Americans Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns alongside Pierre Christin, Etienne Davodeau, Christophe Blain and Milo Manara also announced they no longer wished to be considered.</p> <p>Franck Bondoux, the director general of the festival, defended the selection by pointing out that very few women have produced sufficient volumes of material over a career to justify inclusion.</p> <p>“If you visit the Louvre, you won’t see many female artists there either,” he told <a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/bande-dessinee/article/2016/01/05/le-festival-de-bd-d-angouleme-accuse-de-sexisme-apres-une-selection-100-masculine_4842193_4420272.html">Le Monde</a>.</p> <p>However, cartoonists both male and female have taken to Twitter to criticize the decision.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Festival d'Angoulême : pas une seule femme parmi les nommés au Grand Prix <a href="https://t.co/MGglk5Yz9f">https://t.co/MGglk5Yz9f</a> <a href="https://t.co/YjdgQwLDWz">pic.twitter.com/YjdgQwLDWz</a></p>— Télérama (@Telerama) <a href="https://twitter.com/Telerama/status/684441109498585088">January 5, 2016</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>Update: the festival has announced that it will extend its list to include an unspecified number of women.</strong></p>