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France paid a national tribute, this Thursday, to the Invalides, to the legend of cinema Jean-Paul Belmondo, who died at the beginning of the week.
The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, delivered a funeral eulogy in his memory.
“Jean-Paul Belmondo did not only embrace eras and genres, he married France”, underlined the Head of State who considers that he “was part of the family”.
In a speech full of emotion, Emmanuel Macron said a last “farewell to Bébel”.
“Dear Jean-Paul, losing you today is losing a huge actor and a part of our lives”, he said in front of the actor’s coffin, during this solemn tribute broadcast live on the television.
A minute of silence was also observed before the sound of the Marseillaise, played by the orchestra of the Republican Guard and interpreted by the choir of the French army.
Many personalities took part in the event including the actor Jean Dujardin, the actress Marion Cotillard, the illustrious presenter Michel Drucker or even the Prime Minister Jean Castex.
As a reminder, Jean-Paul Belmondo died last Monday at the age of 88, while his appearances were increasingly rare since a stroke in 2001.
Son of a sculptor and a painter, he started his career in the early 1950s on the stage.
Jean-Paul Belmondo received the palm of honor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and was awarded the César for best actor in 1989.
Emmanuel Macron awarded him the title of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor in 2019.
It is besides by virtue of this distinction, that the homage to the invalids, was done in the presence of the soldiers of the army, the national navy and the air force.
The funeral of Jean-Paul Belmondo will be held on Friday at the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
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