Alison Flood writing in guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 January 2009
The intra-family spat has since shifted up a gear, after the illustrator responded to his daughter's claims, saying they made him look undignified and insulted Asterix readers. "To be accused by my own daughter, in the pages of the newspaper of reference, of being an old man, manipulated and deluded in his insatiable greed by the gnomes of finance, is already quite undignified," he said in a statement to the French press. "What has been given away is nothing more than shares in a publishing company, Editions Albert-René, that I set up in 1979. The accusation made against me is not only inspired by the appetite for power, it also aims to insult Asterix readers by confusing my abilities as an author with that of a publishing house shareholder."