Laure Dautriche, edited by Julien Holtzer 6:27 am, November 30, 2021

Joséphine Baker will enter the Pantheon this afternoon at 5.30 p.m. in Paris.

She will be the first black woman to be honored at the Pantheon.

A rich and successful life for the American artist who was both singer, dancer, actress, magazine leader but also resistant, during the Second World War

Joséphine Baker will "enter" into History Tuesday at 5.30pm in Paris.

She will be the first black woman to be honored at the Pantheon.

A life rich in success for the American artist who was both singer, dancer, actress, magazine leader but also resistant during World War II, and who became French following her marriage to Jean Lion.

While she triumphs on the bill of the largest Parisian venues, Joséphine Baker will find at the Château des Milandes in the Dordogne a haven of peace for her and her family.

"She fought on all fronts"

Marianne was adopted at the age of three months by Josephine Baker and her husband. She grew up, protected with her 11 brothers and sisters in this castle in the Dordogne. The entry of his mother to the Pantheon, Marianne, now aged 65, life as a consecration. For her, it means recognizing, beyond the music hall dancer, the resistance that she was during the Second World War. 

"She fought so hard on all levels, especially diversity to make this France a land of freedom, far from the Nazis, etc. It was extraordinary. Me, I was very lucky to meet her, to live with her and I am so proud of her. All her education was based on three themes of love, understanding and tolerance. She took care of all of us and she was committed to being a real mom too. 

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A moment of emotion

The moment she expects the most during the ceremony at the Pantheon is when the voice of Josephine Baker will resonate.

"We talk about her, we see photos, we often hear her sing," says Marianne.

But hearing him speak will, of course, be an emotional moment for all these children. 

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