hundreds of people at Les Invalides that night

September 12, 2021 by archyde

The doors of the Invalides opened Thursday evening to all French people wishing to meditate in front of the coffin of the actor, who died Monday at the age of 88. In the early morning, the gates were closed.

After the national tribute paid to Jean-Paul Belmondo, the popular tribute. Hundreds of French people lined up overnight from Thursday to Friday in the Invalides district (7th arrondissement of Paris) to pay a final tribute to the actor, who died Monday at the age of 88.

The doors of the Hôtel des Invalides were opened from 7:30 p.m. to all anonymous people who wished to meditate in front of the coffin of the sacred monster of French cinema. Several hundred people were waiting in the dark and at midnight, there were still two to three hours of waiting before being able to enter the prestigious Parisian building. An exceptional device that had already been implemented after the death of Jacques Chirac in 2019.

In the early morning, the gates had nevertheless closed, leaving a few last morning onlookers at the doors of the Hôtel des Invalides.

“It was like a father”

“For me it was like a father,” Ashley says, struggling to find her words. Whatever the wait, they wanted to be there, to say goodbye to their idol. And a sign that “Bebel” was unanimous, there were French people of all ages in the courtyard of Les Invalides last night. For Sofiane, now an actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo was a real driving force:

“In 1983 at the time I was 11 years old, I saw this film, ‘Fear of the city’. We were all in family, and when I saw this Belmondo film, I thought to myself that this That would be my future job, being an actor. And I made my dream come true “he says at the microphone of BFMTV.

A few fans continued to try their luck by going there very early this Friday, but the gates of Les Invalides closed in the middle of the night. After the farewell of the public, a last ceremony, private this one, will take place this Friday morning in the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris.

Jeanne Bulant BFMTV reporter

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Natasha Kumar

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