French creators Christophe Blain, of Quai d’Orsay and Pierre Christin of Valerian have now joined Milo Manara, Etienne Davodeau, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Riad Sattouf and Joann Sfar making a total of eight out of the thirty, over a quarter of the nominees.
France.info quotes Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin (right), saying that she is “a little disturbed” and that,
As a woman, it touches me. As as Minister of Culture, it also affects me. Culture must be exemplary in terms of parity and respect for diversity, and this is not that.It’s still a little surprising, though even though women are under represented among the authors of comics, they could not find out of thirty names, one woman’s name to honour.