Quai d'Orsay (comics)

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Quai d'Orsay is a comic book by Abel Lanzac (pseudonym for Antonin Baudry) and illustrator Christophe Blain, published by Dargaud in two volumes.

The book is inspired by Baudry’s experiences at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (known colloquially as Quai d'Orsay, after its location in Paris) where he worked as former foreign minister Dominique de Villepin’s speechwriter for several years.[1]

The second volume won the Fauve d'or award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2013.[2]

Collaborating with French film director Bertrand Tavernier the authors have turned the book into a film script. Production on the film of the same name started in late 2012, featuring Thierry Lhermitte in the role of de Villepin.[3]

In 2014, an English translation was released, under the name Weapons of Mass Diplomacy.[4]


  1. ^ Samuel, Henry (1 June 2010). "Dominique de Villepin turned into comic-book hero". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  2. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (27 November 2012). "Angoulême 2013 Prize selections announced". Comics Beat. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (27 September 2012). "Bertrand Tavernier to plunge into the secretive Quai d'Orsay". Cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  4. ^ From our continental correspondent - Quai d'Orsay comes to you on all fronts, at Forbidden Planet, by "Wim"; published 9 April 2014; retrieved 19 May 2014