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Some famous Belgians- Audrey Hepburn, Pieter Paul Rubens, Eddie Merckx (the greatest cyclist), Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Jackie Ickx, René Magritte, Rogier Van der Weyden, Gerard David, Jacques Brel, Herman Van Rompuy (1st EU President), Django Reinhardt, Pater Damiaan (Catholic missionary), Paul Janssen (scientist), Hergé. Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar was born in Belgium. Not forgetting my dear friend the WW2 resistance heroine Andrée Dumon (above) and her Comet Line organiser Andrée de Jongh. (The Comet Line was the inspiration for the excellent 70s BBC series Secret Army, which I include here). Both Andrées, having been betrayed, survived concentration camps.
Tintin and Poirot are fictional. So many murders with Poirot around- by the laws of probability, how could he not be the culprit?
Belgian inventions include “French fries” and the saxophone.Read less