The ceremony in honor of these two monuments of French cinema will take place at the Elysée.
According to concordant sources quoted by AFP, Friday evening at the Elysee Palace, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Robert Hossein will receive the insignia of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor and Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit, respectively. The Head of State will also decorate the American designer Ralph Lauren.
“Bebel”, 86, one of the last sacred monsters of French cinema, shot some 80 films during his 50-year career. Emmanuel Macron had promoted him to a grand officer last July. For this presentation of decorations, the actor invited to the Élysée several stars of the big screen, including Claude Lelouch and Jean Dujardin who answered present.
His great friend Robert Hossein, 91 years old, a man of cinema but also of theater, actor and director, was one of the craftsmen in France of the democratization of the theater and its decentralization in the region, creating from scratch the popular theater of Reims.
Already in May 2017, during his last week at the Elysee Palace, François Hollande decorated Jean-Paul Belmondo with the insignia of Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit, in front of the old accomplices of “Magnifique”, Robert Hossein, Guy Bedos, Charles Gerard (recently missing) or Yves Lecoq.
The son of Russian immigrants, Ralph Lifschitz, known as Ralph Lauren, 80, the creator of the eponymous brand that became the icon of American ready-to-wear, is at the head of a multinational with more than 450 stores worldwide.