Simone Veil, French Holocaust Survivor and Rights Activist, Buried With Honor at Pantheon

The revered French politician and feminist is only fourth woman to be given the rare honor of being buried at the Paris site where French heroes are interred

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a moment of silence as he pays his respects by the coffin of former French politician and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil during the burial ceremony at the Pantheon in Paris, July 1, 2018.
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Thousands attended the burial of holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who became one of France's most revered politicians. She received the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death.

Veil was inhumed 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 spoke at the burial. "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."

French mourners following the burial ceremony of former French politician and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil and her husband Antoine Veil at the Pantheon in Paris, July 1, 2018.
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On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Veil "was a women's rights pioneer in France and she never forgot her Jewish roots. The Jewish people will always remember her. May she rest in peace."

Her casket was visible for two days at the Holocaust Memorial in Paris so the public could pay homage.

Veil - a former health minister who campaigned for women's rights, including the right to abortion - died on June 30, 2017, at the age of 89.

Simone Veil in 2010
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Veil repeatedly broke barriers for women in politics. She was a firm believer in European unification and well known in France for spearheading the legalization of abortion.

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