A memorial service for the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is being held at the Saint-Germain-des-Pres church in the sixth arrondissement of Paris.
The day before, a national farewell to Belmondo took place at the Invalids ‘ Home in the presence of his family members, French President Emmanuel Macron, members of the French government, representatives of culture and sports. The flow of Frenchmen who wanted to pay their last respects to the actor did not end until late in the evening.
On Friday morning, hundreds of people gathered again at the church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, which is considered the oldest in the French capital. To the applause and shouts of “bravo” from the assembled fans, Belmondo’s coffin was carried into the temple.
Many French actors came to the service. Among them is Alain Delon, who was especially warmly welcomed by the audience. The 85-year-old actor was wearing black glasses and a black mask. At which point, he took off his mask and made a greeting gesture with his hand. “One of the last,” one of the fans said in the crowd.
Among those present at the service is also the actor Jean Dujardin, who was very friendly with Belmondo, director Claude Lelouch. Belmondo received the French film award “Cesar” for the main role in Lelouch’s film “Itinéraire d’un enfant gâté.”
French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died on September 6 at his home in Paris at the age of 88.