I asked a few writers and comics readers I know familiar with the European comics scene to give me an impression of Georges Wolinsky, this year's Grand Prix winner at the Angouleme Festival (and therefore President of the Festival for 2006). I got back this interesting mini-writeup from Domingos Isabelinho:
"I remember Wolinski for three reasons: 1 -- He was the managing editor of the very influential Charlie mensuel magazine (during the seventies; Charlie was named after Charlie Brown copying the Italian Linus magazine); 2 -- He was the first person in the world to recognize Guido Buzzelli's genius (he published his work in Charlie; unfortunately we're not many to recognize how right Wolinski was); 3 -- Wolinski was Paulette's writer (the series has drawings by G. Pichard). Apart from that: Wolinski was born in Tunisia in 1934, he lives in France since 1946. He published in Rustica (1958) and Hara-Kiri (1960). He's a political cartoonist working for many French newspapers: http://www.lambiek.net/wolinski_georges.htm."
This goes a long way towards confirming my initial impression, that Wolinsky stands in great contrast to last year's Grand Prix recipient, Zep.