Veil, Simone - from France

ID: 235653
Organization: EU
Country of meeting: DEU in the year 1981

Was a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France.

A survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where she lost part of her family during the Holocaust. She served as the first president of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, from 2000 to 2007, and subsequently as honorary president.

She was elected to the Académie française in November 2008. She was best known for pushing forward the law legalizing abortion in France on 17 January 1975. She and her husband were buried in the Panthéon on July 1, 2018. Only the fifth woman in history to be accorded this burial honor, she was eulogized during the reinterment ceremony by President Emmanuel Macron.

Activities in the Orangization:
Karlspreis, Charlemagne Prize of Aachen