"Our ancestors the Gauls…": a lesson taught to all our little darlings in the history classroom. Well, not entirely all of them because in the French town of Mantes-la-Jolie, not far from Lutetia, the Gauls are still making history today. In fact, over the past few days, the library at the Albert Uderzo school has been decorated like never before, inspired by 11 illustrations of Asterix and his friends, including Jehan Pistolet and Oumpah-Pah.

To celebrate this event, Albert Uderzo personally visited the school on 10 December to inaugurate this Asterix-themed library, five years after having given his name to the establishment. A library richly equipped, as it should be, with Asterix albums.

And the party goes on in Mantes-la-Jolie: from 10 December to 10 January, the media library Médiathèque Duhamel is running a free exhibition dedicated to Oumpah-Pah. This first character created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo is currently making a comeback in bookshops. The Shavashavah in Mantes-la-Jolie, by Toutatis!

Photos: Bulles de Mantes Association