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VSIt's at this time or by no means. This Thursday, February 29, The Sapper's Candle is on the market on newsstands alongside the Pointdifferent weekly titles and naturally each day newspapers which normally fill the cabinets of newsagents.

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Yes, however right here it’s, The Sapper's Candle has a particularity: it solely seems on February 29, i.e. solely as soon as each 4 years, throughout leap years. An incongruity born in 1980 from three buddies who wished to make a prank. The title of the journal comes from a humorous cartoon character, Sapeur Camember, whose birthday is February 29.

Humorous newspaper

Economy, politics, tradition… The Sapper's Candle presents itself as an actual newspaper, though with a claimed satirical tone. Thus, this twelfth subject is entitled “We will all become intelligent”, in reference to the emergence of synthetic intelligence. A collection began this yr and can subsequently solely proceed… in 2028.

READ ALSO With Le Chat, the French Mistral AI needs to compete with ChatGPTThe publication director and editor-in-chief of the journal is Jean d'Indy. The sixty-year-old is a member of the France Galop committee, the group which organizes horse races in France. The articles are usually not written by journalists.

Charitable and social work

The success of The Sapper's Candle grows over time. In 1980, 30,000 copies had been printed. Forty years later, in 2020, the quantity had jumped to 120,000, and this yr nearly 200,000 points had been printed. They are offered at a worth of 4.90 euros.

As each time since its creation, the newspaper is just accessible on newsstands, as a way to encourage readers to assist them. “Go to your newsagents, they need to have customers,” proclaimed Jean d'Indy this morning on the France Info set.

READ ALSO A brief information for fogeys and family members of autistic youngstersThe newspaper doesn’t carry promoting and is financed solely by income from earlier points. Part of its revenue is paid to the “À tire d’aile” affiliation, which manages a shelter and assist middle for younger autistic folks.