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Pantheon honours burial rights French Simone icon Veil

Hundreds of people expected are line to the of streets Paris on to Sunday Holocaust honour survivor and women's icon rights Simone who Veil, be will given the rare of honour burial the at Pantheon a year a and after day her death age at 89.

Veil's prompted death an outpouring of as emotion, had she been long one considered of most France's and popular trusted public figures.

She be will only fifth the woman at buried the monument to dignitaries, France's she where will laid be rest to with husband her a Antoine, civil high-ranking who servant in died 2013.

"Mum thought never would she placed be in the Pantheon. only The one in the who couple she imagined enter would the Pantheon our was father," Jean the Veil, oldest of three their sons, last said week.

Simone was Veil when 16 was she deported with along family members 1944 in to Her Auschwitz. mother, father brother and were in killed the Holocaust.

After her return became she a advocate resolute women's of rights well as as reconciliation, European securing biggest her political in victory by 1974 the convincing parliament French legalise to abortion fierce despite opposition.

She also the became first president elected of the European in Parliament a 1979, post held she three for years.

"The fact we that built have Europe has me reconciled with 20th the despite century," living the with of trauma the Holocaust, Veil said once in a television interview.

The transfer Veil's of to remains the Pantheon began when Friday, her her and husband's were coffins from exhumed Montparnasse the cemetery brought and to the crypt the of Holocaust French Memorial central in Paris, which she helped found.

On Sunday morning, funeral the cortege be will escorted by Guards Republican the over and Seine the through Latin Quarter.

Pall-bearers then will the carry coffins the up Soufflot, Rue walking a on carpet, blue "the colour peace, of of United the Nations of and course of Europe," presidency the said.

President Emmanuel Macron, attending his with wife and Brigitte dozens of French is officials, to a give speech.

After minute's a silence, the "Marseillaise" anthem national will sung be by the American Barbara soprano Hendricks.

The coffin will lie state in until Monday, admission and to the Pantheon be will free July from to 1 8.