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France Honors The Memory Of Simone Veil, 'A Light That No One Could Extinguish'

The funeral for the widely admired politician and women's rights advocate was held in Paris on Wednesday. A Holocaust survivor, Veil fought to legalize abortion and supported a unified Europe.
Republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of Simone Veil during a funeral ceremony in Paris on Wednesday. / Michel Euler / Shutterstock.com

France paid homage to Holocaust survivor and humanist icon Simone Veil Wednesday in a somber, nationally televised ceremony at Les Invalides, Paris' 17th century military monument.

Dignitaries from across France and Europe stood as Veil's flag-draped casket was carried across the cobblestones and a military band played Chopin's funeral march.

Veil, who fought for the rights of women and defended the weak and vulnerable, is considered a moral force of the 20th century.

Since her death on June 30 at age 89, Veil

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