Photo Gallery French politician Simone Veil honored with Pantheon burial

French politician Simone Veil honored with Pantheon burial

The flag-draped coffins of late holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil are carried by members of the French Republican Guard during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron, rear, delivers a speech in tribute to late Holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron, rear, delivers a speech in tribute to late Holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum, in Paris, France, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.

 

The flag-draped coffins of late Auschwitz survivor, French health minister Simone Veil, and her late husband Antoine Veil, are both carried by members of the French Republican Guards during a national tribute before they are laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, Monday, July 1, 2018. Holocaust survivor Simone Veil who became one of France’s most revered politicians is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death, with her husband Antoine who died in 2013.
The flag-draped coffin of late Auschwitz holocaust survivor, French health minister Simone Veil, is carried during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, Monday, July 1, 2018. Veil who became one of France’s most revered politicians is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
The flag-draped coffin of late Auschwitz holocaust survivor and French health minister Simone Veil, is carried during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, Monday, July 1, 2018. Veil who became one of France’s most revered politicians is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, former French President Francois Hollande, 2nd right, and his partner French actress Julie Gayet, right, attend a national tribute at the Pantheon to late Auschwitz holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, former French President Francois Hollande, 2nd right, and his partner French actress Julie Gayet, right, attend a national tribute at the Pantheon to late Auschwitz holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
Pierre-Francois, left, and Jean Veil, the sons of late Auschwitz survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil, arrive to attend a national tribute at the Pantheon France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
The flag-draped coffins of late holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil are carried by members of the French Republican Guard during a national tribute before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, France, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Simone Veil, who became one of France’s most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013, at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.
People watch the national tribute for late Auschwitz survivor French health minister Simone Veil, and her late husband Antoine Veil, as they are carried by members of the French Republican Guards before being laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, Monday, July 1, 2018. Holocaust survivor Simone Veil who became one of France’s most revered politicians is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death at the Paris monument with her husband Antoine, who died in 2013.
The flag-draped coffins of late Auschwitz survivor French health minister Simone Veil, and her late husband Antoine Veil, are both carried by members of the French Republican Guards during a national tribute before they are laid to rest in the crypt of the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris, Monday, July 1, 2018. Holocaust survivor Simone Veil who became one of France’s most revered politicians is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death, with her husband Antoine who died in 2013.

Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who repeatedly broke barriers for women in French politics and spearheaded the fight to legalize abortion, was buried at the Pantheon on Sunday, an honor reserved for French heroes.

Veil’s remains were interred at the Paris monument one year after her death at age 89, along with those of her husband, Antoine, who died in 2013. Relatives and friends joined dozens of dignitaries, including French President Emmanuel Macron and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, for the ceremony.

Republican Guard pallbearers carried the couple’s caskets up a blue carpet, a color that symbolized peace, the United Nations and the European Union. Veil was a firm believer in a united Europe.

A crowd that numbered in the thousands applauded and paused to take in the milestones of her life while recordings of her voice and music that included Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” — the European Union’s anthem— and the “Song of the Deported” were played.

“France loves Simone Veil,” Macron said in a speech. “She lived through the worst of the 20th century and yet fought to make it better.”

Confident that “humanity wins over barbarity,” Veil went on to fight for women’s rights, peace and Europe, he noted.

American soprano Barbara Hendricks and the Choir of the French Army performed the Marseillaise national anthem before a minute of silence was observed.

The couple’s caskets were carried inside the Pantheon, where they will be buried in the crypt.

Veil is the fourth woman to be honored with a Pantheon burial. The other women are two who fought with the French Resistance during World War II — Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz — and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie. The monument also holds the remains of 72 men.

Veil was 16 when she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz in March 1944. She lost her parents and her brother in Nazi camps and spoke frequently about the need to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.

In 1974, as France’s health minister, she led the battle to get parliament to legalize abortion. The law is still known as the “Loi Veil.”

Veil also became the first elected president of the European Parliament in 1979.

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