Alain Delon becomes Swiss citizen

The French actor, Alain Delon, has been sworn in as a Swiss citizen. But the 64-year-old's early exit from the ceremony was criticised by local media, who noted that he didn't sing the national anthem and nor did he stay for the traditional toast.

This content was published on March 14, 2000 - 14:36

The French actor, Alain Delon, has been sworn in as a Swiss citizen. The 64-year-old was one of 70 applicants who took the oath in Geneva.

After being resident in Geneva for 17 years, Alain Delon has finally become a Swiss citizen. His Dutch wife and two children watched him being sworn in at a ceremony presided over by a member of the Geneva city government.

His behaviour at the ceremony was closely scrutinised by the local French-language newspaper, the Tribune de Geneve.

It noted, with disappointment, that Delon did not sing the national anthem, and it pointed out that he made an early exit, declining to stay for the traditional post-ceremony toast.

"By taking French leave, Delon missed his entry," its editorial remarked.

Delon has starred in several classic films, including the famous gangster epic, Borsalino.

He keeps his French nationality.

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