BORN 31 Dec 1928, Paris: 20e - DIED 5 May 2016, Paris: 18e|
REAL NAME Sinet, Maurice
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 30)
Siné studied drawing and graphic arts and worked as a cabaret singer with Les Garçons de la Rue at the same time. During his military service he was frequently in prison.
In 1952 his first drawing was published in "France Dimanche". For his "Complainte sans Paroles" he won the Prix de l'Humour noir in 1955. Soon afterwards he joined L'Express as a political cartoonist. His cartoons protested against colonialism and he was sued several times. Jacques Vergès defended him. He worked for L'Express until 1962.
In 1965 his work was involved in a struggle for power at Penguin Books. When chief editor tried to remove founder Allen Lane, Lane stole and burned the entire edition of Siné's "Massacre". In 1968 he started the magazine "L'Enragé" together with Jean-Jacques Pauvert but it didn't exist for long.
In 1982 after a terrorist attack in Paris he stated that he was anti-Semitic and that he wanted the Jews to live in fear. He apologised later. In 2008 he was fired by Charlie Hebdo after another incident involving an anti-semitical cartoon against Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, the wife of Jean Sarkozy, himself the son of Nicholas Sarkozy. In 2008 he started his own weekly Siné Hebdo that existed until 2010 and was continued as Sinet Mensuel afterwards. He suffered from cancer and died in 2016 in Paris after lung surgery.