In photo: Jean-Paul Belmondo receives with state honors the last goodbye of the French
It is something we are getting used to: that a character who has no relation to political life receives a goodbye with the honors of head of state. We witnessed it a few weeks ago with the massive funeral of Raffaella Carrà in Italy and we lived it again this Thursday, September 9, in the streets of Paris with the last goodbye to one of its most famous actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo. The actor died at the age of 88 on September 6. Shortly after, the French presidency announced through an official statement the celebration this Thursday of a national tribute in the Invalides, one of the most significant places in the French capital. "He was a national treasure", "a sublime hero and family figure, a tireless daredevil and magician of the word," explained President Emmanuel Macron the same day the news was known. Macron decorated the actor in 2019 as a great officer of the Legion of Honor.
As soon as the news of the tribute was announced, Jean Dujardin (Oscar for best actor for ‘The artist’ in 2011) explained: “It will surely be solemn because that is how it should be. But at the same time we have to applaud very loudly ”. And so it has been: serious faces alternated with expressions of joy at taking part in an act that served as a tribute to a man who is an institution in France.
Some familiar faces from the old school of French classical song like Patrick Bruel were mixed with the sap of electronics represented by DJ Bob Sinclair.
Second of three brothers, Jean-Paul Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was a bad student, but he showed great versatility for sports, such as cycling, soccer, and boxing. At 16 he left them, coinciding with a tuberculosis that had him prostrate in Allanche and from which, fortunately, he emerged unscathed. After making his debut on stage without being particularly notable, he took his first steps in the cinema in 1958 in the film 'Sois belle et tais-toi', where his paths cross with a newcomer Alain Delon.
Boosted by his own success, Belmondo created his production company, Cerito Films, with which he carries out projects such as 'La Scoumoune', alongside Claudia Cardinale. The awards would come later: in 1989 he won the César for 'The Lion's Empire' and in 2011 he received the Palme d'Or for his entire career at the Cannes Film Festival. The actor's work rate would drop considerably in the 90s and he increases after suffering a stroke on August 8, 2001, from whose consequences he spent years recovering. In 2019 he also suffered a severe fall, which left him with severe pain in his shoulders, ribs and legs. Even so, the best balm was his family, who watched over him until the end.