The day after the national tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo, his family and loved ones, including actor Alain Delon, gathered to say goodbye to him during a ceremony at Saint-Germain-des-Prés church in Paris.
Absent from the ceremonies on Thursday, the last old lion of French cinema, long wrongly presented as Bébel's rival, appeared on Friday smiling, crutch in hand, and was applauded by the crowd, shouting his first name.
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Other personalities, including the director Claude Lelouch, the host Michel Drucker, the actors Pierre Richard en crutch, Jean Dujardin, the actresses Béatrice Dalle, Véronique Jeannot, Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, have made their entry into the church before the ceremony scheduled for late morning.
To the applause of the crowd, the hearse carrying the coffin arrived shortly after 10 am at the doors of the church, in the center of Paris.
Several hundred people were gathered behind security barriers or seated on terraces in famous neighborhood cafes, such as Deux Magots.