A famous bridge in Paris will soon bear the name of Jean-Paul Belmondo

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The embankment of the Bir-Hakeim bridge will be renamed in early April “Jean-Paul Belmondo promenade” in tribute to the actor who died in 2021.

The median of the Bir-Hakeim bridge, famous for its metal colonnades and its view of the Eiffel Tower, will be renamed at the beginning of April “promenade Jean-Paul Belmondo” in tribute to the actor who died in 2021, acted on Friday the Council of Paris.

“Bebel” had filmed a mythical scene there from Henri Verneuil’s film, “Peur sur la ville”, released in 1975, where he played Commissioner Letellier… Pursuing a serial killer raging in the capital, the interpreter of ‘A bout de souffle (1960), L’Homme de Rio (1964) or L’As des as (1982) had progressed on the roof of a metro train on line 6, which crosses the Seine in aerial on this bridge. This scene “earned him to be injured for the only time in his career”, indicated the elected MoDem Maud Gatel, whose group had proposed a tribute of this type a few weeks after the death of the actor.

The inauguration will take place “near his 90th birthday”

The site was chosen “with his family”, specified the assistant (PCF) for memory Laurence Patrice, rejoicing that the tourists frequenting the bridge can “find the name of this great actor who is quite well known abroad “. The inauguration will take place “near his 90th birthday”, she said. The actor with more than 80 works would have turned 90 on April 9.

By attributing this name, the Council of Paris once again departed from the practice which provides that the name of a personality cannot be attributed to a public road in the capital before five years following the death. He already did so earlier this week by renaming the Quai de Seine located in front of the Musée d’Orsay in the name of former head of state Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and a stadium in the 13th arrondissement in the name of Pelé, legendary Brazilian footballer who died in December.