(ANSA) – PARIS, SEPTEMBER 10 – In the aftermath of the national homage to the sacred monster of French cinema, Jean-Paul Belmondo, family and closest friends, including actor Alain Delon, gathered this morning for private funerals in the church of Saint-Germain-des-Près, the oldest in Paris. The arrival of the coffin on the square in front of the ancient Benedictine abbey in the heart of the Parisian left bank was greeted by the applause of hundreds of people who were waiting for him behind the protective barriers set up around the building. wrong, as Belmondo’s rival he appeared smiling, with a crutch, greeted by the crowd shouting his name in front of Saint-Germain. “Goodbye Bébel”, President Emmaniel Macron declared yesterday, in the eulogy delivered during the national tribute to Belmondo. A ceremony that took place in the afternoon, from 4:30 pm, in the monumental complex of the Invalides, in the heart of Paris. Present were the family members, gathered around the coffin of the ‘patriarch’, political leaders, sportsmen and admirers. The hero with a thousand faces disappeared last Monday, at the age of 88, in his home in Paris, leaving France and Europe orphaned by one of its greatest actors. “He never ceased to seek happiness but also to give it,” said Victor Belmondo, one of his grandchildren, who also became an actor. (HANDLE).