Sunday 23 September 2018

France honours Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at Pantheon

Simone Veil repeatedly broke barriers for women in politics.

The flag-draped coffins of French politician Simone Veil, right, and her husband Antoine Veil are displayed at the French Holocaust memorial in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP))
The flag-draped coffins of French politician Simone Veil, right, and her husband Antoine Veil are displayed at the French Holocaust memorial in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP))

By Associated Press Reporter

Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is receiving the rare honour of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.

Veil is being buried on Sunday at the Paris monument with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, in a symbolic ceremony in the presence of her family and dignitaries.

French President Emmanuel Macron will make a speech.

Her coffin has been on display for two days at the Holocaust Memorial in Paris so the public could pay their respects.

Veil repeatedly broke barriers for women in politics. She was a firm believer in European unification and well known in France for spearheading the legalisation of abortion.

She is the fourth woman to be honoured at the Pantheon, along with 72 men.

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