Simone Veil, iconic European feminist politician, dies at 89

Simone Veil, iconic European feminist politician, dies at 89

Simone Veil, a survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who spearheaded abortion rights as one of France's most prominent female politicians, died Friday at 89, her family said. A funeral ceremony with military honors is to be held on Wednesday at Les Invalides, site of Napoleon's tomb, the presidential Elysee Palace said. In a measure of the nation's esteem for Veil, French flags will be dressed in black ribbons and European flags will fly at half-staff.

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