Belgian star calls on men to beard up for a government

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Belgian movie star Benoit Poelvoorde on Tuesday called on his countrymen to stop shaving "until Belgium rises again" and forms a new government.

Belgium last weekend won Europe's post-war record as the country longest without a government as feuding politicians from the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south failed to patch up differences.

"Don't be surprised by the stubble", said Peolvoorde, an actor in his 40s who is a star in France and Belgium but little known on the international scene.

"We have decided to stop shaving for as long as Belgium has no government," he said in a 30-second clip on

"Let's keep our beards until Belgium rises again," he added.

The country, divided over the fate of its Dutch- and French-speaking regions, has been rudderless since an inconclusive June 13 general election.

© 2011 AFP

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