Cartoon by Esenti on the French atom bomb (10 January 1963)

‘Gloria in Excelsis Charlo’. On 10 January 1963, parodying the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and the scene of the ‘Adoration of the Magi’, cartoonist Esenti illustrates the importance of French nuclear deterrence in the eyes of General de Gaulle. In line with the basic principle of independence that underpins French defence policy, this gives France its own nuclear strike force that is fully independent from the United States. From left to right, US President John F. Kennedy, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer are depicted as the Magi at the cradle of the divine child, full of admiration for France’s achievement.

Source and copyright

Source: ESENTI. "L'adoration des Mages" dans Démocratie 63. 10.01.1963, n° 168. [s.l.].

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Cartoon by Esenti on the French atom bomb (10 January 1963)