French politicians mourn pro-choice lawmaker Simone Veil
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An array of leading French politicians took to Twitter on Friday to pay their respects to Simone Veil - who survived the Holocaust to become France's most prominent advocate of women's rights.
Reactions poured in from around the world and from France especially.
Gérard Collomb, France's Interior Minister, tweeted that "her destiny was united with the Republic, her work will enlighten us forever.
Simone Veil conjuguait ses combats au féminin. Son destin épousa la République. Son œuvre nous éclairera à jamais. Immense émotion.— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) 30 June 2017
Florian Philippot, Vice-President of the National Front described her as "an Immortal," a reference to her among the “Immortals” of the Académie française, the prestigious state-sponsored body overseeing the French language and usage.
Une Immortelle, une intelligence est partie. Pensées pour sa famille et ses proches. #SimoneVeil— Florian Philippot (@f_philippot) 30 June 2017
Ségolène Royal, France's first female presidential candidate, also took to Twitter: "The world loses a great lady with the death of Simone Veil, her battles will remain an example for all women."