Belmondo leaves Cannes Breathless
Published 18/05/2011 | 16:18
French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo has been honoured at the Cannes Film Festival and presented with a Palme d'Or award in honour of his 50-year career.
The Breathless star, an icon of the French New Wave and a former heartthrob, walked slowly and used a cane as he entered a Cannes cinema auditorium to raucous applause, cheers and shouts, to be presented with the award by Cannes president Gilles Jacob.
The 78-year-old said: "I am very moved by this honour, which I've no right to."
The actor gained fame in 1960 as the dapper, chain-smoking hoodlum who charms newspaper seller Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.
His expressive features and cocky charm made him one of Europe's most famous faces. He went on to star in Godard's Pierrot Le Fou, Francois Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid and other '60s classics, but has worked sporadically since suffering a stroke in 2001.
Friends and fans were attending the premiere of a documentary - Belmondo, The Career - followed by a celebratory dinner and party.