The cartoonist and press cartoonist Calvi died at the age of 83 from natural causes on Monday, his two children said in an email sent to AFP on Tuesday.
Born on September 3, 1938 in Besançon into a family of doctors, Calvi – whose real name is Philippe Vallancien – had collaborated with France Soir in the early 1970s, then with Le Monde, Le Journal du Dimanche, and, until the 2000s, Le Figaro and Le Figaro Magazine, said his son, Grégoire Vallancien. For 5 years, he had a blog at Mediapart.
Sketches and comics
Calvi had produced courtroom sketches during various trials, including that of Klaus Barbie, head of the Gestapo in Lyon during the Occupation, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987, and Maurice Papon, sentenced in 1998 for complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in the deportation of Jews between 1942 and 1944.
He had also published several comics, including albums featuring the character of Astrobald, a little extra-terrestrial created for France Soir, parachuted into Pompidou’s France, as well as a “history of France from Clovis to Nicolas 1er”, published in 2008, under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.