The national tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo, sacred monster of cinema who died Monday at the age of 88, took place Thursday in the courtyard of the Invalides.
Emmanuel Macron delivered a eulogy, in tribute to the one he described as “national treasure”.
“We love Belmondo because he looked like us”, declared Thursday Emmanuel Macron while delivering the eulogy of Jean-Paul Belmondo, during a national tribute to the actor in the courtyard of the Invalides, in Paris.
Jean-Paul Belmondo “married France”, he summed up. “Dear Jean-Paul, to lose you is to lose part of our lives”. “Farewell Bébel”, concluded the Head of State in front of the coffin of the deceased.
“He never ceased to seek happiness but also to give it”, said Victor Belmondo, grandson of the actor, actor himself, who spoke, accompanied by the other grandchildren of the actor and his youngest, Stella.
The ceremony ended around 5:30 p.m. with the release of the coffin to the sound of “Who Never” by Ennio Morricone, soundtrack of the film “The professional”, played by the Republican Guard orchestra.
Patrick Bruel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, the couple Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard, the DJ Bob Sinclar, Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival were seen among the celebrities who arrived at the ceremony.
“He is unique, no one will replace Jean-Paul Belmondo. As an actor, we all have Jean-Paul Belmondo in us”, Jean Dujardin, possibly one of Belmondo’s on-screen heirs, told reporters.
In addition to the family, personalities and many members of the government, including Keeper of the Seals Eric Dupond-Moretti and Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, nearly 1,000 people from the public have also been allowed inside the Invalides.
From 7:30 p.m., the gates of Les Invalides will open to all those who want to to meditate in front of the coffin. An exceptional device that had already been implemented after the death of Jacques Chirac in 2019.
Friday morning, the funeral of Jean-Paul Belmondo will take place in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church in the privacy of family and loved ones. The ceremony will be followed by a cremation, also in private.