I have collected French stamps for many years and I am a big fan of the “New Historical Album” published by Pierre de Brimont which I have complete up to 1962 (the album pages are complete, NOT the stamps). It is one of several countries that I still pay attention to and La Poste manages to produce enough quality designs each year to keep me happy (although I am not a big fan of the numerous 12-stamp self-adhesive booklets produced annually).

The first two designs from France for 2022 that I saw were both printed by intaglio, the classic engraving method which unfortunately seems to be a dying art today. While we will have to wait until mid-February for the Louis Pasteur stamp, Molière will appear on his issue on 14 January. The remaining issues for January are a mixed bag but overall rather attractive. In total, I count 21 different stamps for January 2022 (including varieties in the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day sets).

Please note that in France, there are separate “first days of issue” and “general on-sale” dates which sometimes causes a bit of confusion (I often see the later date publicized on English-language websites).  I always go with the date in the pictorial postmarks when in doubt.


JANUARY 2022 Stamp Programme




Our Blue Planet

12 self-adhesive stamps in booklet

Face value: €17.16 [postage of 12 priority letters up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (Army)]

Die-Cut Perforation: 11
Dimensions: booklet — 256×44 mm, stamps — 38×24 mm
Colors: multicolored
Printing method: photogravure
Format: 12 stamps in booklet pane; two phosphorescent bands
Quantity: 4,500,000 copies

© Swiss Post | Layout by Étienne Théry

The Great Barrier Reef – Australia © Gary Bell /  Oceanwide / MindenPictures / Biosphoto
Geyser Le Strokkur – Iceland © Denis Palanque / Naturagency
Iceberg – Lake Sassolo – Switzerland © Franco Banfi / Biosphoto
Ice cliff – Norway © Samuel Blanc / Biosphoto
Okavango Delta – Botswana © Michel& Christine Denis-Huot / Biosphoto
Iguazú Falls – Brazil and Argentina ©Konrad Wothe / Minden
Stream – New Zealand © Stéphane Godin / Biosphoto
Waves of the Atlantic Ocean – France ©Stéphan Bonneau / Naturagency
Gorges de Chéran – France © Clément Blin / Naturagency
Rapids of Trappstegsforsen – Sweden ©Jean-Philippe Delobelle / Biosphoto
Ahé Atoll – French Polynesia © David Massemin / Biosphoto
Lake-oasis of Oum El Ma – Libya © Sergio Pitamitz / BiosphotoCover

Date of Issue: Friday, 7 January 2022
at the Carré d’Encre, from 10 am to 5 pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 Paris
Étienne Théry will hold a signing session from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, 7 January (subject to health developments).
General sale on Monday, 10 January 2022

From the LaPoste press release:

Our blue planet …

It was especially since manned space missions that this nickname of blue planet was given to Earth in the 1960s. Indeed, salt water and fresh water occupy about 70% of the surface of our planet. We thus have an extraordinary wealth at our disposal. That is what this booklet of 12 postage stamps highlights. One of the stamps shows the spectacular falls that Brazil and Argentina share unevenly. They extend over 3 km, up to a maximum of 80 meters. The river is written Iguaçu on the Brazilian side and Iguazú on the Argentine side. Another stamp depicts an underwater detail of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This is the largest coral system. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is spread over 344,400 km². Another stamp is illustrated by the Okavango Delta in Botswana: it has the particularity of being interior and is known for its vast green plains, flooded in season and then also becoming a lush habitat for animals. Let’s not forget the wild and beautiful Chéran River and its gorges in the Bauges Massif Regional Natural Park in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

The sites illustrated by these stamps, some of which are remarkable and protected, all bear witness to an ecosystem mixed with the presence of water, a source of life.





Molière 1622-1673

1 stamp in sheet of 10

Denomination: €1.43

Perforation: 13
Dimensions: 52×31,77 mm
Colors: black & gilded
Printing method: intaglio
Format: 10 stamps per sheet
Quantity: 705,000 copies

Graphic design by Stéphane Humbert-Basset
Engraved by Pierre Bara
According to a photo by AKG-Images (signature).


Date of Issue: Friday, 14 January 2022
in Pézenas (34) Tourist Office, Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm
and 2 pm to 5 pm, Place des Etats du Languedoc, 34120 Pézenas in Paris; at the Carré d’Encre, from 10 am to 5 pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 Paris.
Stéphane Humbert-Basset (subject to reservation) and Pierre Bara will host a signing session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14 (subject to health developments).
General sale on Monday, 17 January 2022


Philatelic Souvenir Folder:

LaPoste press release

From Wikipedia:

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (15 January 1622 (baptised) – 17 February 1673), known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and world literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets, and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. His influence is such that the French language is often referred to as the “language of Molière”.

Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comedic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell’arte elements with the more refined French comedy.

Through the patronage of aristocrats including Philippe I, Duke of Orléans—the brother of Louis XIV—Molière procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre. Performing a classic play by Pierre Corneille and a farce of his own, The Doctor in Love, Molière was granted the use of salle du Petit-Bourbon near the Louvre, a spacious room appointed for theatrical performances. Later, he was granted the use of the theatre in the Palais-Royal. In both locations, Molière found success among Parisians with plays such as The Affected Ladies, The School for Husbands, and The School for Wives. This royal favour brought a royal pension to his troupe and the title Troupe du Roi (“The King’s Troupe”). Molière continued as the official author of court entertainments.

Despite the adulation of the court and Parisians, Molière’s satires attracted criticism from churchmen. For Tartuffe’s impiety, the Catholic Church denounced this study of religious hypocrisy, which was followed by a ban by the Parlement, while Don Juan was withdrawn and never restaged by Molière. His hard work in so many theatrical capacities took its toll on his health and, by 1667, he was forced to take a break from the stage. In 1673, during a production of his final play, The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a hemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac Argan. He finished the performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later.





Daniel Boulanger 1922-2014

1 stamp in sheet of 15

Denomination: €1.43

Perforation: 13
Dimensions: 40,85×30 mm
Colors: multicolored
Printing method: photogravure
Format: 15 stamps per sheet
Quantity: 705,000 copies

From a photo by Ulf Andersen, Aurimages
Layout by Valérie Besser


Date of Issue: Friday, 21 January 2022
at Senlis (60) Médiathèque, 1 place Saint-Pierre, 60300 SENLIS, Friday 21 January from 09:30 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 and Saturday 22 January from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Carré d’Encre, from 10:00 to 17:00, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 Paris.

Valérie BESSER will lead a signing session from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, 21 January (subject to health developments).

General sale on Monday, 24 January 2022



LaPoste press release

From Wikipedia:

Daniel Boulanger (24 January 1922 – 27 October 2014) was a French novelist, playwright, poet and screenwriter. He has also played secondary roles in films and was a member of the Académie Goncourt from 1983 until his death. He was born in Compiègne, Oise.

Boulanger is most known for his roles as the detective hunting down Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, the neighbor of Claude Jade and Jean-Pierre Léaud in François Truffaut’s Bed and Board and as a comical gangster in Shoot the Piano Player, another Truffaut feature. On 27 October 2014, Boulanger died at the age of 92.





Lunar New Year 2022: Year of the Tiger

 4 stamps (2 designs in 2 sizes each) in 2 sheets of 5

Denominations: €1.16 (green letter), €1.65 (international letter)

Perforation: 13
Dimensions: 29×35 mm and 33×40 mm
Colors: multicolored on red background and multicolored on blue background
Printing method: photogravure
Format: four 29×35 mm stamps and one 33×40 mm stamp per sheet, each design
Quantity: 380,000 sheets of €1.16 stamps; 330,000 sheets of €1.65 stamps

From a photo by Ulf Andersen, Aurimages
Layout by Valérie Besser

€1.16 Green Letter stamp, 29×35 mm
€1.16 Green Letter stamp, 23×40 mm
€1.65 International Letter stamp, 29×35 mm
€1.65 International Letter stamp, 33×40 mm



Date of Issue: Saturday, 22 January 2022
at the “Carré d’encre” 13 bis rue des Mathurins 75009 Paris.

Chen Jiang Hong will lead a signing session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 22 January (subject to health developments).

General sale on Monday, 24 January 2022


LaPoste press release

From China Highlights:

Chinese New Year 2022 will fall on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022. The date of Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is the first day of the lunar calendar and always a new moon day (the second new moon after the winter solstice).

Chinese New Year’s date changes every year but is always somewhere in the period from January 21st to February 20th.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Water Tiger, starting from the 2022 Chinese New Year on Feb. 1 and lasting to 2023 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Jan. 21. The Tiger ranks third in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Tiger include 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034…

Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful, and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness in Chinese culture. In ancient times, people usually compared emperors or kings with the tigers. Tigers are also considered as a patron deity for children and parents will prepare the shoes and hats with tiger designs for their babies.

The Chinese zodiac Tiger sign entitles people born in the Years of the Tiger to be natural leaders. They are adventurous, ambitious and have a strong sense of justice, but maybe also a little arrogant and impetuous.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Yin
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Mu (Wood)
Yin Yang: Yang





Valentine’s Day 2022: Heart of Saint-Louis Crystal Factory

1 gummed stamp and 2 self-adhesive stamps (in sheets of 12 each design)


Denominations: €1.16 (green letter up to 20g), €2.32 (green letter 20 to 100g)

Perforation: 13 (gummed); Die-Cut Perforation: 11 (self-adhesive)
Dimensions: stamps — 38x38mm; gummed sheet — 135×143 mm; self-adhesive sheets — 142×188 mm
Colors: light blue, dark blue and pink-orange; pink-orange and blue
Printing method: offset lithography
Format: gummed — 5 stamps per sheet; self-adhesive — 12 stamps per sheet per design
Quantity: gummed stamp — 2,750,000 copies (550,000 sheets); self-adhesive stamps — 2,520,000 copies (210,000 sheets) of €1.16 stamps; 1,120,000 copies (100,000 sheets of €2.32 stamps

Graphic design by Hugues Micol

gummed €1.16 stamp
self-adhesive €1.16 stamp
self-adhesive €2.32 stamp



gummed €1.16 sheet of 5


self-adhesive €1.16 sheet of 12
self-adhesive €2.32 sheet of 12

Date of Issue: Friday, 28 January 2022
at the “Carré d’encre” from 10am to 5pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins 75009 Paris

General sale on Monday, 31 January 2022


LaPoste press release

Official website of Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

From Wikipedia (translated from French):

The Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis is a French crystal factory that produces pieces in the fields of decoration, tableware, lighting and furniture. Founded in 1586 in the Münzthal valley in Moselle, it is the oldest crystal plant in France. It belongs to the Hermès group.

Every day, the crystal pieces are mouth-blown, cut and decorated by hand by the artisans of the crystal industry.

The manufacture remains to this day the only site for the manufacture of Saint-Louis crystal pieces, and its workshops can be visited in addition to its museum, La Grande Place, inaugurated in June 2007.


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