Le Vingtième Siècle

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Le Vingtième Siècle
Owner(s) Georges Helleputte
Founder(s) Joseph d’Ursel
Editor Norbert Wallez
Founded 1895
Political alignment Catholic Party (Belgium)
Language French
Ceased publication 1940

Le Vingtième Siècle[1] (French: [lə vɛ̃tjɛm sjɛkl], The Twentieth Century) was a Belgian newspaper that was published from 1895 to 1940. Its supplement Le Petit Vingtième ("The Little Twentieth") is known as the first publication to feature The Adventures of Tintin.

The conservative Catholic newspaper was founded by Georges Helleputte, Joseph d’Ursel, and Athanase de Broqueville (brother of Belgian Prime Minister Charles de Broqueville). Its first issue was published on June 6, 1895. It sold poorly and was kept alive by Charles de Broqueville and other Belgian aristocrats.

In 1914, Fernand Neuray took over as editor-in-chief. He distanced the newspaper from the Catholic alignment and tried to position it as a national newspaper.[2] It finally folded in 1940, when Nazi Germany invaded Belgium.