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La Bougie du Sapeur

The French newspaper, La Bougie du Sapeur, has been publishing for the last 40 years. Yet, there has been only eleven issues so far. Why? Because it’s published only on Leap Day, i.e., 29th of February.

La Bougie du Sapeur began as a joke in 1980 between two friends, the polytechnician Jacques De Buisson and Christian Bailly, a press enthusiast and collector of old newspapers. The newspaper's name, literally “The Sapper's Candle”, refers to a cartoon character created in the late nineteenth century, the Sapper Camember. In the story, Camember was born on 29 February and joined the army when he had celebrated his birthday only four times.


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