A farewell party was held for the late actor Jean-Paul Belmondo at Saint-Germain-des-Pres Basilica in Paris on Friday. And a national tribute was already held, Thursday, in the presence of President Macron.
Belmondo was one of the most popular characters on the silver screen in France and appeared in no less than 85 films. The two died at the age of 88 at his home in Paris. At the beginning of this year, he was already hospitalized due to exhaustion.
Friday’s farewell party was attended by many great names of French cinema, such as the other greats of the world of cinema, Alain Delon.
Thousands of people, including famous French politicians, athletes and other celebrities, also gathered at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris on Thursday to honor Belmondo. Screens are placed outside where the tribute can also be seen with extensive musical tributes.
President Emmanuel Macron also paid tribute to the icon of the French cinema world. Macron said Belmondo was considered a family member. “We liked Belmondo because he looks like us,” the president said, praising the movie star for his tenderness and elegance. “Your loss is the loss of a part of ourselves.”
The last time anyone in France was honored in this way was when former President Jacques Chirac died in 2019.