September 18, 2021

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France says goodbye to Belmond for the last time

The ceremony will be open to the public.

France deposited the movie legend Jean-Paul Belmond Thursday. The funeral service with state honors, led by President Emmanuel Macron, will begin at 4.30 pm in Invalides in Paris, the place where Napoleon is buried. The ceremony will be open to the public.

For Belmond, the groundbreaking cult film The End of Self (1960) was one of the gems of French film New Wave, and his acting career lasted 50 years.

The honors in France reflect the special place he held in the country’s cultural world and in the living rooms where families met and watched his films together.

They did not reveal the cause of death

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 reveal the cause of his death.

The actor has appeared in more than 80 films and worked with a group of prominent French directors. It was Jean-Luc Godard’s The End of Breaths that brought both men lasting fame.

Belmondo, nicknamed Pebble by the French, was also a talented athlete who often performed dangerous stunts in his films personally.

Macron will lead the first honor

President Macron called the actor a “national jewel” and on Thursday will lead the first tribute at Invalides, a historic Parisian building with a gilded dome.

A private funeral for the family is scheduled for Friday.

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