Pantheon: Resting Place Of France's Great And Good
Muhammad Irfan Published November 27, 2021 | 09:10 AM
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Nov, 2021 ) :Josephine Baker, the French-American dancer and singer who fought in the French Resistance and later battled racism, will become the first black woman to enter the Pantheon, France's most hallowed resting place, on Tuesday.
Seventy men including the philosophers Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau lie next to literary luminaries such as Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola and Victor Hugo.
Only five women before Baker were allowed through its grand portals, which are crowned with an inscription proclaiming: "To great men from a grateful nation." - Camus refusal - The declaration has long been a red rag to feminists, who see it as deeply sexist and regularly protest to have it changed.
She joined the scientist Marie Curie, Resistance heroes Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, Germaine Tillion and Sophie Berthelot, who was buried alongside her chemist husband Marcellin Berthelot.
The French president decides who has the right to be laid to rest there.
However, descendants can overrule the president, as happened when the family of existentialist writer Albert Camus thwarted a bid in 2009 by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy to move his remains to the Pantheon.