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Hundreds mourn French actress
Marie Trintignant's father and mother Jean-Louis and Nadine
Marie Trintignant's father and mother Jean-Louis and Nadine attended
French actress Marie Trintignant has been buried in Paris, nine days after suffering repeated blows to the head.

Hundreds of mourners joined the French film industry and Trintignant's family to pay their respects to the actress, who was 41, at the renowned Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, British actress Jane Birkin and French star Catherine Deneuve attended alongside the star's father and mother, Jean-Louis and Nadine Trintignant.

Also on Wednesday, Lithuanian authorities said the actress' boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat, was unlikely to be extradited to France but should be tried in Lithuania, where the injuries were sustained.

Marie Trintignant was one of France's most popular home-grown film stars, notching up five acting nominations for the Cesars - France's main film awards - over 10 years.

Actress Catherine Deneuve with a flower at the cemetery
Actress Catherine Deneuve carried a flower at the cemetery
She sustained her injuries in a hotel in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, where she was completing a TV movie, at the end of July.

On Wednesday, her body was carried in a white coffin and mourners were dressed in light-coloured clothes at the request of her family.

Jean-Louis Trintignant, a veteran actor, read an emotional poem at his daughter's graveside.

It read: "Do not cry, over that which you have lost. On the contrary, rejoice for having known it."

Culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon said: "I lay on her coffin the gratitude and homage of the republic, in the love of liberty, equality and fraternity that binds us together."

And singer Jacques Higelin said the crowd was angry because "Marie deserves to be alive".

Marie Trintignant
Marie Trintignant had been filming in Lithuania
Director Claude Lelouch, actress Anouk Aimee and film star Daniel Auteuil were also there, as were hundreds of fans.

Nadine Leclerc, 45, said: "I have always followed the Trintignant family, and when I heard she had died it was as if one of my own relatives had gone."

Among the other famous names buried at the Pere Lachaise cemetery are Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

Mr Cantat's Lithuanian lawyer, Virginijus Papirtis, said the singer insisted the death had been "an unhappy accident".

On Wednesday, Lithuanian deputy prosecutor general Vaida Urmonaite said: "There are no legal grounds for Cantat's extradition before a trial [here]."


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