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The “Marseillaise” will be sung Thursday at the Invalides, in Paris, where several hundred people, including President Emmanuel Macron, will attend the national tribute ceremony to actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who died at the age of 88 , before his funeral on Friday in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The ceremony of homage to the “Magnificent”, both solemn and popular, will begin, Thursday, September 9, at 4:30 p.m., in the courtyard of the Invalides, with a eulogy for President Macron. The actor’s family will be present, gathered around the coffin of the “patriarch”, politicians, sportsmen and admirers. Nearly 1,000 people from the public will be able to attend the tribute, provided with their health pass.
Figurehead of the New Wave (“Breathless”, “Pierrot le fou”), before becoming box office champion in comedies and action films, he enchanted generations of French people, moviegoers and fans of spectacular stunts, through his 80 films.
“A national treasure,” praised the head of state earlier this week. “He was the one who won the home crowd award with flying colors.”
He will forever remain The Magnificent. Jean-Paul Belmondo was a national treasure, full of panache and bursts of laughter, with loud words and swift body, sublime hero and familiar figure, tireless daredevil and magician of words. In him we all found ourselves. pic.twitter.com/4CVI9uwKLA
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 6, 2021
For those who will not be able to enter, giant screens will be installed in the courtyard of the Invalides. And the French will be able to follow the special editions on television channels. The doors of the Invalides will then open to all those who wish to meditate in front of the coffin, from 7:30 p.m.
The funeral of Jean-Paul Belmondo will take place on Friday morning at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, in the privacy of the family, according to the instructions of his son, Paul Belmondo.
The actor leaves behind a clan who remained close until the end. He had four children from two unions: Patricia (deceased in 1993), Florence (61), Paul (58) and the youngest, Stella (18).
Follow from 16 h 20 our special edition dedicated to this tribute