PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: A view of the coffin leaving after during Simone Veil funeral at Hotel Des Invalides on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. Simone Veil was best known for pushing forward the law legalizing abortion in France on 17 January 1975, she died June 30, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron announced during the service that she will be buried at the Pantheon. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

At a funeral ceremony with military honor at Les Invalides in Paris on Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron paid respects to a woman who represents “the best of what [the country] can achieve.”
He praised feminist icon Simone Veil, who died last week at age 89, for making France “better and more beautiful” and announced that the politician who crusaded for the legalization of abortion in the 1970s will be buried alongside the nation’s most revered figures in Paris’s Panthéon .
Veil, widely admired in France, will become just the fifth woman laid to rest in the grand mausoleum. The Panthéon, which also houses the remains of 76 men, is where writer Victor Hugo and scientist Marie Curie are buried. Online petitions calling for Veil to be placed in the Panthéon attracted thousands of signatures as they circulated after her death. Her internment there is reliant on a parliamentary act for “national …