The idea for the International st-Just cartoon festival (St-Just-le-Martel 32e Festival International de la Caricatura & Du Dessin de Presse et d' Humour ) came more than 31 years ago to Gerard Vandenbroucke, the mayor. As far as I can tell Gerard has always been mayor of this small town set in rolling french countryside where cows seriously outnumber people.
Gerard is a Socialist, because, as my son points out, he likes to socialize.
It appears the whole town is social-ist, too. Not content socializing with just each other, three decades ago the people here, led by their visionary mayor, banded together to throw a party that would attract people from all over the globe. Cartoonists seemed to be a worldwide phenomenon, and being French with a soft spot for artists, St-Justians choose my profession to celebrate.