Family fight erupts over the future of <i>Asterix</i>

The daughter of Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo is publicly criticizing her father for selling his stake in the books' publisher to Hachette Livre, and authorizing the company to continue the series after his death.

"Today, I'm rebelling," Sylvie Uderzo wrote in the French newspaper Le Monde. "Why? Because Asterix is my paper brother. I find myself entering into battle against, perhaps, Asterix's worst enemies -- the men of industry and finance."

Albert Uderzo, now 81, created the enormously popular Asterix in 1959 with the late writer Rene Goscinny. Editions Albert Rene was founded in 1979, two years after Goscinny's death.

The sale last month to Hachette, approved by Goscinny's daughter Anne, gives the French publishing giant a 60-percent stake in Asterix.  The remaining 40 percent remains with Sylvie Uderzo, who claims her father previously had intended the comic to end once he dies.

She blames her father's advisers for pushing him into a "180 degree turn."

The Asterix albums have been translated into 107 languages, and have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

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