The newspaper "Le Monde" apologized Wednesday for the publication of one of the drawings by Xavier Gorce, the cartoonist of the penguins, which dealt with incest, adoption and trans-identity.

This drawing had shocked on social networks.

Following his apologies, Xavier Gorce decided to end his collaboration with the daily.

Cartoonist Xavier Gorce slammed the door of

Le Monde



He said on Wednesday that he was stopping his collaboration with the daily.

The designer regrets that

Le Monde

 has so quickly apologized for one of his drawings, evoking incest and trans-identity.

The daily apologies came after criticism on social networks.

For Xavier Gorce, the problem is the lack of support from the newspaper and the incomprehension of some readers. 

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A drawing "contrary to editorial commitments"

For the designer, these apologies from the newspaper for his work are too many times.

"As that comes after already several questioning of certain drawings for the same types of reasons, I think that I can no longer work with a newspaper which cannot withstand external pressure", he asserts.

"We find ourselves in situations that we have known in the Anglo-Saxon press, where the press cartoon is not defended by the editorial staff, for lack of courage.   

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- Xavier Gorce (@XavierGorce) January 19, 2021

The designer has received the support of anonymous people and personalities, including Nicolas Bedos, Raphaël Enthoven and Caroline Fourest.

Support he appreciated.

"What particularly touches me is that these people are very sensitive to the freedom of press cartoons and the freedom of humor," he said.

"What is serious today is that things are taken in an emotional way, without coming to understand that humor is not there to attack vulnerable people, but to denounce situations that are intolerable."

For its part,

Le Monde

 regretted the decision of the designer.

In a column, the director of the daily, Jérôme Fenoglio, defends a "complete freedom of expression" for the cartoonists, but also for the press titles, who must be free to choose what they publish.

The newspaper maintains that it should not have published the offending cartoon, which it considers "contrary to its editorial commitments".