The legend of French cinema Jean Paul Belmondo His family and close friends said goodbye on Friday (10/9).
The day after the national tribute, people closest to him, including actor Alain Delon, gathered today to say goodbye to him in a church in Paris.
Alain Delon, the last old lion of French cinema, who unjustly presented himself as “Bebel” ‘s opponent, appeared smiling, holding a cane, and was applauded by the crowd shouting his name.
Hundreds of people, according to the Athenian News Agency, quoted by French media, gathered behind security bars around the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in central Paris or sat in the open air of the famous cafes of the district, applauding the carrying Belmonto’s coffin.
Leading figure of the nouvelle vague (“Breathless”, “The Crazy Pierre”) before becoming boxing champion in hugely successful comedies and action movies (such as “The Professional” -1981- and “The Ace of Aces” 1982), the actor, who passed away on Monday, fascinated whole generations of French people and abroad as well – through about 80 films, cinephiles or friends of spectacular cascades.
France paid tribute to him yesterday with an official ceremony in the courtyard of the military museum of the Disabled (Invalides) and followed a procession of people who had come to say goodbye for the last time to the sacred monster of cinema.
“Magnifique” had been missing from the big screen for about 15 years, after a stroke that left him with serious problems. But it has always been popular.
“He did not stop seeking happiness but also giving it,” Victor Belmondo, one of his grandsons, also an actor, said yesterday, Thursday.
«We love Belmondo because he looked like us“, Said yesterday the president Emanuel Macron at his funeral, in front of almost 1,000 people. “Policeman, bum, always wonderful,” he continued, referring to his filmography, to conclude “Goodbye Bebel”.
For those who could not enter the area, giant screens were placed around the monument where the crowd had gathered. ΤThe actor’s coffin was then released to the sounds of Ennio Morricone’s “Chi Mai” music for “The Professional,” played by the Republican Guard band.