The mourning ceremony with state honors will be led by President Macron.
9. Sep 2021 at 14:36 TASR
PARIS. France is saying goodbye to film legend Jean-Paul Belmond on Thursday. A mourning ceremony with state honors to be led by the president Emmanuel Macron, will begin at 4.30 pm in the Invalides in Paris, the place where Napoleon is buried.
The ceremony will be open to the public. The AP news agency informed about it.
For Belmond, the groundbreaking cult film At the End of the Breath (1960) was one of the jewels of the French film New Wave, and his acting career lasted 50 years.
Honors in France reflect the special position he had in the country’s cultural world and in the living rooms where families met and watched his films together.
Belmondo, whose crooked nose and dude smile made him one of the most famous men in the country, died on Monday, September 6, at the age of 88. They did not disclose the cause of his death.
The actor has appeared in more than 80 films and has worked with a range of leading French directors. It was Jean-Luc Godard’s film At the End with Breath that brought both men lasting fame.
Belmondo, affectionately nicknamed Bébel by the French, was also a talented athlete who often made dangerous stunts in his films in person.
President Macron called the actor a “national gem” and on Thursday he will lead the first tribute in the Invalides, a historic Parisian building with a gilded dome.
A private funeral for the family is scheduled for Friday.