Is Emmanuel Macron a fan of Akira Toriyama? While the creator of the world-famous series Dragon Ball and Dr Slump died this Friday, the President of the Republic praised the mangaka and “his millions of fans who grew up with him” on X. A message in French accompanied by its translation into Japanese and an image representing a drawing from the manga.

Created in 1984 and loosely inspired by a 16th century Chinese novel, the latter recounts the life and adventures of martial arts prodigy Son Goku since his childhood. The manga has sold at least 260 million copies worldwide according to the specialist site Mangazenkan, and has spawned numerous adaptations for television, cinema or video games, and has seen numerous sequels such as Dragon Ball Z or most recently Dragon Ball Super.