Thousands attend Simone Veil's burial in Paris Panthéon

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Revered politician only fourth woman to be honoured in her own right with hero’s burial

Thousands gathered in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to Simone Veil, the Holocaust survivor and women’s rights defender, as she was given the rare honour of a burial at the Panthéon, the resting place of France’s greats.

Crowds applauded and some wore “merci Simone” images to mark the opening up of the male-dominated secular mausoleum of heroes of French nationhood to a modern woman who was also a symbol of the deportation of Jews during the second world war.

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