La Bougie du Sapeur

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La Bougie du Sapeur
sans reproche
(“without reproach”)
Type Quadrennial newspaper
Founder(s) Jacques Debuisson,
Christian Bailly
Editor Jean d'Indy
Founded 1980-02-29
Political alignment humorous
Language French
Headquarters 17, rue Saint-Paul
Paris, France
Circulation 150,000–200,000[1][2]
ISSN 0761-6147
OCLC number 474123818
Country France
City Paris

La Bougie du Sapeur, first published in 1980, is a humorous French newspaper published every Leap Day.[3] It was created by Jacques Debuisson and Christian Bailly as a joke between friends,[4] but its tenth edition is scheduled for release on 29 February 2016 and 150,000–200,000 copies of each edition are printed. It sells for €4 from newsstands for one month,[5] but subscriptions are available – €100 per century[6] – and back issues are €15.[7]

The newspaper's name, literally “The Soldier’s Candle[6] refers to the Camember, a soldier in a comic book created by Georges Colomb in 1896.[2] In the story, Camember was born on February 29 and joined the army when he had celebrated his birthday only four times.[3]

2004 saw the first edition of La Bougie du Sapeur – Dimanche, a special series to be published every Sunday 29 February, which will not occur again until 2032.[8]

Profits from the 2008[9] and 2012[1] editions went to charity.


  1. ^ a b Beardsley, Eleanor (2012). "For Leap Day Only, A Rare Newspaper Goes To Print". Morning Edition. NPR. Archived from the original on 2015-09-11. 
  2. ^ a b Birck, Danielle (2008). "Bissextile: La Bougie du Sapeur" (in French). Radio France International. Archived from the original on 2015-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b F., R. (1996). "‘La Bougie du Sapeur’, le journal qui tombe avant l’heure". L’Humanité (in French). Archived from the original on 2015-12-07. 
  4. ^ Chainon, Jean Yves (2008). "France: La Bougie du Sapeur, every 29 February". Presse News. Editors Weblog. Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. 
  5. ^ Hanne, Isabelle (2012). "‘La Bougie du sapeur’, le marronnier du 29 février". Libération (in French). Paris. ISSN 0335-1793. Archived from the original on 2015-12-18. 
  6. ^ a b Creedon, James (2012). "La Bougie du Sapeur: the world’s least frequent newspaper". Media Watch. Paris: France 24. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. 
  7. ^ "La Bougie du Sapeur". La Galcante (in French). Paris. Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. 
  8. ^ Nicolas, Eric (2012). "Demandez le journal !". L’Est républicain (in French). Nancy, France. ISSN 0240-4958. Archived from the original on 2015-04-25. 
  9. ^ Pasteau, Benoist (2012). "Découvrez la Une de La Bougie du Sapeur". Europe 1 (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-06-06.