To contribute to the international circulation of political ideas was one of François Maspero’s strong motivations.
In 1968, the Cuban edition of the review Tricontinental, which he diffused in France, was banned on the grounds of incitement to crime.
The Ministry of the Interior referred to the publication of an excerpt from Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara, which had been published in its entirety by Maspero since 1962.
The publisher launched a French edition. Seizures, fines and prison sentences came thick and fast from 1969 to 1971, but his will to transmit information was never daunted.
In spite of the support he received, especially from French and foreign colleagues who were worried about this restriction on international communication, the powers that be did not relent. 
Only in 1981 was the ban on Tricontinental lifted.