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Belmondo honoured at Cannes

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May 17, 2011 | 1:15pm EDT

The veteran star, who landed his big break in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960, was presented with a prestigious Palme d'Or prize in recognition of his five decades in the spotlight, starring in classics of the New Wave era such as Leon Morin, Priest, The Fingerman and Pierrot le fou.

The 78 year old, who suffered a stroke in 2001, walked with a cane as he stepped up to accept the award from festival president Gilles Jacob, telling the audience, "I am very moved by this honour, which I've no right to."

The presentation was followed by the premiere of his documentary, Belmondo, The Career.

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