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>> She was a Holocaust survivor and the woman who legalized abortion in France. And now Simone Veil has been honored with a burial at the Pantheon in Paris, laid to rest alongside other national icons including Victor Hugo and Voltaire.>>
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> Vein was a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camp at Ravensbruck. She was also a fervent European and civil libertarian and became the first directly elected president of the European Parliament in 1979.
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It loves her through her struggles, which were always fair, always necessary, always fueled by the concerns of the most fragile and to which she was committed with a strong force and character.>>
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But she's best known for legalizing abortion when she was Health Minister in 1974. Fighting doggedly against a hostile Parliament and divided public opinion, to push through a bill that became known as the Veil law, making France the first mainly Roman Catholic country to legalize the practice. Veil who dies aged 89 a year ago was laid to rest along side her husband Antoine