Jean-Paul Belmondo, The Face Of French New Wave Film, Dies At 88
NPR says French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo, whose breakout role in the New Wave classic Breathless won him international fame, has died at age 88.
French President Emmanuel Macron mourned the passing of a man he called “a national treasure” on Twitter. “He will forever remain Le Magnifique,” Macron wrote, nodding to a 1973 slapstick spy satire that was just one on a long list of star turns in a career that spanned six decades.
Belmondo’s death at his Paris home on Monday was confirmed by his lawyer, Michel Godest, to French news agency Agence France-Presse. “He had been very tired for some time. He died peacefully,” Godest said.
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