The national tribute to Michel Bouquet in the Invalides

A sacred monster of the theater praised 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 pierced the screen for 70 years,” the republic’s president, who had just been re-elected, said during his eulogy. At the ceremony, the wife of the deceased, actress Juliette Carré, was surrounded by other relatives and names from French theater and cinema, including actors Michel Boujenah, Catherine Frot, Fabrice Luchini, Pierre Arditi and Muriel Robin who was a student of Michel Bouquet at the Conservatory. Back in photos.

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  • Guillaume de Tonquedec attends the National Tribute Ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at the Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — JP RELATIVE/SIPA

    Michel Bouquet, a French theater monument who died in mid-April at the age of 96, received a national tribute on Wednesday under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron, newly-elected head of state. Here the arrival of the actor Guillaume de Tonquedec.

  • French actor Michel Boujenah arrives in Les Invalides, Paris on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, to attend a national tribute to actor Michel Bouquet. † FRANCOIS MORI / AP / SIPA

    Unforgettable in The king is dying by Ionesco – which he has performed no fewer than 800 times – and in the miser van Molière, Michel Bouquet died on April 13. Here the arrival of Michel Boujenah.

  • Julie Gayet attends the ceremony in honor of Michel Bouquet at the Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — JEAN-PHILIPPE PARIENTE/SIPA

    Actress Julie Gayet, who accompanied former President François Hollande, was also present at the ceremony.

  • Francis Huster attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE POOL/SIPA

    Michel Bouquet also had the cinema marked by on the night of his life in . to embody an amazing Mitterrand The walker of the Champ-de-Mars, by Robert Guediguian (2005). Here, Francis Huster.

  • Jean-Francois Balmer attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE / SIPA

    This role earned him the César for best actor, then a few years earlier for the film by Anne Fontaine how i killed my father (2002). Here the actor Jean-Francois Balmer.

  • National tribute to Michel Bouquet, at the Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE POOL/SIPA

    At the ceremony, the deceased’s wife, actress Juliette Carré, was surrounded by other relatives and names from the French theater and cinema.

  • Catherine Frot attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE / SIPA

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

  • Kad Merad attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE / SIPA

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

  • Pierre Arditi, Murielle Robin and Fabrice Luchini attend the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet at Les Invalides in Paris on April 27, 2022. † DAVID NIVIERE / SIPA

    “When you played, Michel, you put, and that is very rare, on something of the order of the indisputable (…) nobody could replace you”, said Fabrice Luchini.

  • Murielle Robin attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at the Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — FRANCOIS MORI / AP / SIPA

    “I was 25 years old. You immediately caught me 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 more so from living,” 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 choked. Muriel Robin was a student of Michel Bouquet at the Conservatory.

  • Pierre Arditi attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — FRANCOIS MORI / AP / SIPA

    “Michel, you are the theater and the theater never dies,” said Pierre Arditi.

  • Emmanuel Macron attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — THIBAULT CAMUS/AP/SIPA

    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.

  • Emmanuel Macron attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — DAVID NIVIERE / SIPA

    “He burned the boards and pierced the screen for 70 years,” the President of the Republic said during the eulogy.

  • Emmanuel Macron attends the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at Les Invalides, in Paris, on April 27, 2022. — FRANCOIS MORI / AP / SIPA

    “He ruled the theater as a sacred monster (…) of our literary monuments, he revealed unsuspected aspects, opened new rifts,” underlined the head of state, who was accompanied by his wife for the ceremony. Bridget.

  • Emmanuel Macron and the family, during the national tribute ceremony for Michel Bouquet, at the Invalides, in Paris, April 27, 2022. — JP RELATIVE/SIPA

    Contrary to recent national tributes to Jean-Paul Belmondo (2021) or Charles Aznavour (2018), the coffin was not present, as Mr Bouquet had already been buried in the strictest of privacy in his native village on April 15. Juliette Carré, in the Yonne.

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