La Bougie du Sapeur
|Founded||29 February 1980|
|Headquarters||17, rue Saint-Paul|
La Bougie du Sapeur (French: [la bu.ʒi dy sa.pœʁ]) is a French satirical newspaper launched in 1980 that is published only on Leap Day, making it the world’s least frequently published newspaper.
La Bougie du Sapeur was created by Jacques Debuisson and Christian Bailly, as a joke between friends. The newspaper's name, literally The Sapper's Candle, refers to Camember, a sapper in a comic book created by Georges Colomb in 1896. In the story, Camember was born on 29 February and joined the army when he had celebrated his birthday only four times.
The paper's tenth edition was released in February 2016 and 150,000–200,000 copies of each edition are printed. It sells for € 4.70 from newsstands for one month, but subscriptions are available – € 100 per century – and back issues are € 15.
The 2012 edition of the paper featured a story on the end of the Euro that led readers to believe that the paper supported the politics of the far‑right Front national, however, the editor‑in‑chief maintains that the paper is apolitical.
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