Paris, Sep 9 (EFE).- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday honoured legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, stating that the man and his “unforgettable smile” were a significant part of French people’s lives for decades.
“We love Jean-Paul Belmondo because he resembled us. A giant among giants, but more than anything else a man among men,” he said in an emotional address during the national tribute to the memory of Belmondo, who died Monday aged 88 years old. “We admire him, he makes us laugh… Belmondo is a bit like us, but better.”
Macron closed the farewell ceremony, where relatives, industry colleagues, politicians and hundreds of admirers gathered to honour the nouvelle vague cinema icon.
Preceding the president, one of the actor’s grandchildren, Victor Belmondo, delivered a short and emotional speech before the crowd.
“You are an eternal sun. Thank you for giving us so much joy, for sharing your positivity,” he said. “Now, enjoy the reunion with the friends you have missed so much.”
Belmondo charmed the world during his stellar cinema career, thanks to his easy-mannered attitude and seductive appeal.
Some remarkable entries in his filmography would be Breathless and Pierrot le Fou, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and Web of Passion, by Claude Chabrol. EFE