La Bougie du Sapeur
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La Bougie du Sapeur, first published in 1980, is a humorous French newspaper published every February 29—i.e., once every four years. Its most recent edition was issued on February 29, 2012. There have been nine editions of this newspaper to date.
The newspaper's name (literally, "The Candle of the Sapper") is derived from a comics character, the sapper Camember, created by Georges Colomb in the 1890s. In the story, Camember was born on February 29; so, when recruited in the army, he was 'just five years old'...
In 2004, the seventh edition came with the first edition of La Bougie du Sapeur - Dimanche, a Sunday special designed to be published on every Sunday, February 29—i.e., once every twenty-eight years. The next edition of the Sunday special is scheduled to be published on Sunday, February 29, 2032.
It is possible to subscribe to this newspaper, €100 for an entire century.
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- (French) Le musée de la presse[dead link]
- (French) "« La Bougie du sapeur », le journal qui tombe avant l’heure", article about the newspaper in l'Humanité, February 29, 1996[dead link]
- (French) La Bougie du Sapeur (Website dedicated to this newspaper)[dead link]
- (French) , Article posted on the RFI ([Radio France Internationale]) website, February 27, 2008
- , Article posted on the World Association of Newspaper News' website, February 29, 2008
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