Alain Delon in “Le Monde”, talent, family tears and political opinions

Alain Delon in “Le Monde”, talent, family tears and political opinions

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On January 11, 2024, justice mandated a doctor to assess the state of health of Alain Delon, 88 years old and very weakened by a stroke that occurred in 2019. Since the start of the year, through media interventions and judicial, Anouchka (33 years old), Anthony (59 years old) and Alain-Fabien (29 years old), the actor’s three children are torn apart over their father’s inheritance, estimated at several tens of millions of euros.

Far from this dull outcome, the first mentions of the actor in Le Monde suggest a career quickly promised to legend: on May 14, 1958, the journalist Michel Legris published a review of Sois belle et tais-toi, by Marc Allégret, in which he affirms that “the young Alain Delon confirms his qualities” . For the film critic Jean de Baroncelli, on June 1, 1959, the actor also showed “an obvious personality” throughout his first roles, at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. Following the release of the masterpieces Plein soleil, by René Clément (1960), Rocco and his brothers, by Luchino Visconti (1960) , or Le Samouraï, by Jean-Pierre Melville (1967), each column praises the talents of the young star of French cinema.

But, from October 15, 1968, cinematic praise was intertwined with a murder investigation. Two weeks earlier, Stevan Markovitch, bodyguard of the couple formed by Alain and Nathalie Delon, was found dead, tied up and gagged, in a dump in Yvelines. The newspaper follows the case in every detail: the numerous hearings of the actor, placed in police custody in January 1969, his presentation before the investigating judge and this letter addressed to the President of the Republic, April 27, 1970 , in which Alain Delon denounces “a police plot hatched against him” .

“Sympathy” for Jean-Marie Le Pen

Cinema seems to be gradually moving into the background. The idol disconcerted in the mid-1980s, notably because of his political positions. In November 1984, Daniel Schneidermann took advantage of the Swiss residence permit granted to the actor, who set up his company’s headquarters in Geneva, to detail his ideas: “Alain Delon does not like the left, he has never a mystery. He also does not hide his sympathy for Mr. Jean-Marie Le Pen, a “sincere man”,” writes the journalist.

A year later, in a portrait by Anita Rind, titled “Delon the Magnificent? », the question of his political orientation still intrigues. His “sympathy” for the leader of the National Front, his support for Raymond Barre and his “admiration” for the businessman Bernard Tapie, who would become minister a few years later. In this article, where we also learn that the actor speaks of himself in the third person, a sentence describes his greatest fear: “becoming bedridden in his old age”.

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