'Great man:' Swiss town remembers film director Godard

STORY: Godard had a ritual at his local grocery store.

"We use to see him almost every week, he came to buy a cookie," said Nadine von Wattenwyl, who runs the store. "We knew already what he wanted, so we were ready."

Godard was born into a wealthy Franco-Swiss family on Dec. 3, 1930 in Paris's plush Seventh Arrondissement. His father was a doctor, his mother the daughter of a Swiss man who founded Banque Paribas, then an illustrious investment bank.

Local taxi driver Gino Siconolfi says he used to drive the film director, who once proposed him a small role in one of his films.

"He was special, but when we learned to know him better, he was a great man with a big heart,” said Siconolfi.

Rolle Mayor Monique Pugnale said the village would think about a permanent way to pay homage to the director.