In a symbolic gesture to acknowledge that women as well as men have made French history, François Hollande has interred two female heroes of the resistance in the Panthéon, the resting place of the nation’s great.
The French president honoured four wartime resistance figures in total on Wednesday: Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz and Germaine Tillion, who survived capture and deportation, and two men, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay, who died in terrible circumstances before the end of the war.
The only other woman to have been honoured in the Panthéon, over whose door is written “The nation thanks its great men”, is the Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, whose ashes were moved there in 1995.
Another woman was buried there, Sophie Berthelot, but only to be close to her husband, the chemist and politician Marcellin Berthelot. There are 72 men in the mausoleum in Paris’s Latin quarter.
THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION PRESENTS - FOUR RESISTANCE FIGHTERS IN THE PANTHEON
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