Hundreds attend funeral of French comic Devos

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

SAINT REMY LES CHEVREUSE, France, June 19, 2006 (AFP) - Hundreds of people turned out on Monday for the funeral of the much-loved French comedian Raymond Devos, who died last week aged 83.

SAINT REMY LES CHEVREUSE, France, June 19, 2006 (AFP) - Hundreds of people turned out on Monday for the funeral of the much-loved French comedian Raymond Devos, who died last week aged 83.

The popular singer Henri Salvador, veteran actor Jean Rochefort and France's Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabre were among around 300 people who attended a church ceremony in Devos' hometown southwest of Paris.

Two giant screens were set up to allow hundreds of local residents to follow the proceedings from the town square.

Hailed as a comic genius, a gifted wordsmith who worked "magic" with language, Devos had conquered audiences across the French-speaking world with 50 years of spirited one-man shows.

Born in 1922 in Mouscron, a small town near the French border in eastern Belgium, Devos moved to the Paris area with his family as a young child, later acquiring French citizenship.

He made his stage debut in the 1950s, performing between two striptease acts in the seedy bars of Paris' Pigalle red-light district — before launching his solo stage career.

Tributes have poured in from across France since Devos's death on Thursday, including from President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who described him as a "true poet".

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