The VERTIGO star was late for the ceremony at the Riviera city's Palais des Festival due to the bad traffic and horrified his bodyguards by jumping out of the car and crossing the crowds to approach the red carpet.
One security guard says, "It could have been very dangerous for him to walk freely through the crowd without any bodyguards.
"Happily nobody was expecting him in the crowd, and he managed to reach the ceremony safely. It's very unusual and very risky for a star like Bono to act that way, but I guess his fans were more than happy to meet him that way."
Bono went on to pick up the Special Achievement Award for his charity work.
In French, Bono told the crowds, "I'm not from this country but I'll make a little confession to you - it's at the Cote d'Azur I feel at home."23/01/2005 14:40