France fired “Bébel” in the grandeur of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron chose this monumental setting for Farewell on Thursday 9 September to Jean Paul Belmondo, an actor representing France.
He was accompanied by the first Lady, Brigitte, plus the family and friends, directors and actors of one of the most respected and beloved French artists and his famous band. Alain Delon, his great friend, preferred to mourn him alone and did not pay him homage.
The coffin of Jean Paul Belmondo reached the center of the courtyard carried by the soldiers and the sun came out. Bébel, as everyone called him, couldn’t live without being tanned until his last day. Those rays, after a monumental storm, were another tribute. The actor’s funeral is scheduled for Friday the 10th at the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, at 11 in the morning.
The family, all together
The coffin with the remains of Jean-Paul Belmondo. At his side, President Macron. La marseellesa was sung. Reuters photo
Shaken, her family was in the front row in that solemn atmosphere. His three children, his six grandchildren said goodbye to him.
“I wanted to say a few words for our grandfather,” said Víctor Belmondo, the grandson, convinced that “from where he is, he is happy to see the love of the French. He who loved them so much. “
“He is and will remain a sun. Wherever he is, I’m sure he will continue to smile. Thank you for giving us so much joy, for sharing your positivity so much. We think about you. We love you and we have fun with your friends, who have missed you so much, “Victor concluded from a lectern.
Covered by the French flag, Jean Paul Belmondo received the honors of a national hero. The other speech was that of President Emmanuel Macron, himself an actor in his youth, in love with Brigitte, his theater teacher.
Babel loved laughter as much as being an actor. He was the father of all, the uncle, the most faithful friend, until a stroke disturbed the last 15 years of his life. Nobody forgot. Neither does he.
The farewell of President Macron
The people, at the farewell to Jean Paul Belmondo, the most beloved actor in France. AFP photo
“Jean-Paul Belmondo belonged to the family”said President Emmanuel Macron, describing him as a “goldsmith.” “Hollywood could shine. Belmondo was there. He married France. He, who through all his roles, traveled the history of our country. Police, thug, always beautiful. Jean-Paul Belmondo lived in France, “said the president.
“Era the friend that everyone would like to have to remake the world, and the child that all parents would like to have. The exemplary father who, to raise his children, did not hesitate to refuse a shoot. Belmondo is tenderness, ”continued Emmanuel Macron.
“He talks about our contradictions, our shortcomings. We love his solitude, his taste for risk, the elegance of his joy, his style ”, described the president.
“We love Jean-Paul Belmondo because he looked like us. We admire him, he makes us laugh ”continued the head of state.
“To lose you today is to lose a great actor. Goodbye Bébel. Long live the Republique! Long live the France!”, The French president said goodbye.
Then Macron bowed in front of Jean-Paul Belmondo’s coffin. The Republican Guard touched La Marsellesa.
The coffin came out of the Invalides courtyard to the music of Chi Mai, excerpted from the soundtrack of the film The professional. Outside in the garden his admirers applauded and then they will take their flowers, their white roses, their farewell letters to the patio.
The honors had that tone that Belmondo would have loved. Tribute with tears and smiles, memories but not nostalgia. Love, tenderness and the sadness of saying goodbye to a great, who was like the father of all.
The most wanted
Patrick Brie, the actor, believes that “Belmondo is the most loved person in France. Unanimity, total, total love and total respect ”he said excitedly.
“We are divided between the envy of crying because we miss him already and crying with laughter. That’s what he would have wanted “he declared. Jean Dujardin, part of his band of friends, at the tribute.
“I don’t know if you saw it, but the sun had disappeared when Jean Paul left. He was the smile of France. He is like a medicine. He does us good, ”he said.
Actor and director Guillaume Canet described his “idol”: “We all wanted to look like him when we were younger. He was truly an amazing person, our national hero, “he said.
Another testimony was that of his ex-wife. “Jean-Paul has always loved his audience, wherever we went,” he recounted. Nathalie Tardivel, ex-wife of Jean-Paul Belmondo. “He always spent time with people. He never refused to sign an autograph or take a photo. Sometimes we would go to the ends of the earth to be calm. There was always someone who recognized him. He was always grateful because he said: “It is not the criticism, but the public that made me “.
Actor and singer Patrick Bruel and director and actor Guillaune Canet fired their friend Jean Paul Belmondo. AFP photo
“He is an example for us,” said singer Liane Foly. “A brother, a godfather, a friend … I really liked the intervention of the grandchildren. They said the main thing. Jean-Paul was the smile and the joy of life. We love it”.
From half past seven in the afternoon everyone can say goodbye to Jean Paul Belmondo in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides, if they have health pass and a chinstrap. An exceptional act for the 88-year-old French actor, who passed away last Monday, the other exception being President Jacques Chirac on September 26, 2019, when thousands came to say goodbye.
His tanned face, with his classic cap, awaits them, with a big smile, at the entrance, on the Esplanade des Invalides.