Entry of Josephine Baker into the Pantheon: "She was the symbol of a free woman"

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Joséphine Baker is the first black woman, the first personality born in the United States and the first stage artist to enter the Pantheon © AFP

By: Clémentine Pawlotsky

This Tuesday, November 30, the artist Joséphine Baker enters the Pantheon, becoming the first black woman to join the Republican temple.

The star of the Roaring Twenties had an extraordinary life: she fought Nazism during World War II, she was also very active in the fight against racism.


Interview with Laurent Kupferman, essayist and initiator of the “Dare Joséphine Baker in the Panthéon” petition, launched in 2019 and which has collected nearly 40,000 signatures.

He is the guest of Clémentine Pawlotsky.


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