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  • No Export for You: Averted quite a few times; In The '70s and The '80s by Egmont and Methuen, in the 80's again by Dargaud themselves, in The '90s with Phoenix Press' Iznogoud Monthly Comic, which ran for three whole months. Currently, Cinebook have the license, and have been putting two albums out a year since 2008.
  • The Prix Iznogoud (Iznogoud Award) was created in 1992 and is given each year to "a personality who failed to take the Caliph's place", chosen among prominent French figures who have recently known spectacular failures. The award has been given to various personalities, amongst them Édouard Balladur (1995), Nicolas Sarkozy (1999) and Jean-Marie Messier (2002). The jury is headed by politician André Santini, who gave the award to himself after failing to become president of the Île-de-France in the 2004 regional elections.
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  • In most non-French translations/adaptations, Haroun is referred to as 'Sultan' rather than 'Caliph'. This is because Caliph is both a secular and religious title while Sultan is purely a secular one, and the publishers feared offending Muslim readers (It's one thing to say that a fictional Muslim nation was once ruled by a fat, lazy idiot. It's another to claim that all of Islam was once ruled by a fat, lazy idiot).
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