A sacred monster of the theater hailed by Emmanuel Macron, the tears of Muriel Robin ... a national tribute to the Invalides was paid on Wednesday to the actor Michel Bouquet, who died in mid-April at the age of 96.

"He burned the boards and punctured the screen for 70 years," said the President of the Republic, who had just been re-elected, during his eulogy.

At the ceremony, the deceased's wife, actress Juliette Carré, was surrounded by other family members and names from the French stage and cinema, including actors Michel Boujenah, Catherine Frot, Fabrice Luchini, Pierre Arditi and Muriel Robin who was a pupil of Michel Bouquet at the Conservatoire.

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  • A monument of French theater who died in mid-April at the age of 96, Michel Bouquet received a national tribute on Wednesday chaired by Emmanuel Macron, just re-elected head of state.

    Here, the arrival of the actor Guillaume de Tonquedec.

  • Unforgettable in

    The King is Dying

    by Ionesco - which he played no less than 800 times - and in

    L'Avare

    by Molière, Michel Bouquet died on April 13.

    Here, the arrival of Michel Boujenah.

  • Actress Julie Gayet, companion of former President François Hollande, was also present at the ceremony. 

  • Michel Bouquet had also marked the cinema by embodying an astonishing Mitterrand on the evening of his life in

    Le Promeneur du Champ-de-Mars

    , by Robert Guédiguian (2005).

    Here, Francis Huster.

  • This role earned him the César for best actor, after that received a few years earlier for Anne Fontaine's film

    How I Killed My Father

    (2002).

    Here, the actor Jean-Francois Balmer.

  • At the ceremony, the wife of the deceased, actress Juliette Carré, was surrounded by other family members and names from the French stage and cinema.

  • In particular the actors Michel Boujenah, Catherine Frot, here in the image, Fabrice Luchini Pierre Arditi and Muriel Robin.

  • The actor Kad Merad was also present at the tribute to the Invalides. 

  • "When you played, Michel, you imposed, and what is very rare, something which is of the order of the indisputable (...) nobody could replace you", declared Fabrice Luchini.

  • “I was 25 years old.

    You caught me on the fly with a few words that overwhelmed me: ''I am your theater father'' (...).

    Mr. Bouquet, I tell you without emphasis, you have undoubtedly prevented me from dying and even more given to live, ”she said.

    “Your tenderness tinged with modesty will never leave me.

    The king is dying.

    Not you, not you, especially not you, ”she added, her voice choking.

    Muriel Robin was a pupil of Michel Bouquet at the Conservatoire. 

  • "Michel, you are the theater and the theater never dies," said Pierre Arditi.

  • In the company of a dozen students from the National Conservatory of Art, Emmanuel Macron laid white flowers at the foot of a portrait of the actor.

  • "He burned the boards and punctured the screen for 70 years," said the President of the Republic during the eulogy.

  • "He reigned over the theater as a sacred monster (...) of our literary monuments, he revealed unsuspected aspects, opened up new breaches", underlined the Head of State who was accompanied for the ceremony by his wife. Bridget.

  • Unlike recent national tributes paid to Jean-Paul Belmondo (2021) or Charles Aznavour (2018), the coffin was not present, Mr. Bouquet having already been buried on April 15 in the strictest privacy in the village of his birth. wife, actress Juliette Carré, in Yonne.

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