France: according to the "Parisian", the Franco-American artist Joséphine Baker will enter the Panthéon

Joséphine Baker on vacation in France with her children, August 25, 1964. ASSOCIATE REPORTERS / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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The Franco-American artist Joséphine Baker (1906-1975), a prominent figure in the Resistance and the anti-racist struggle, could enter the Pantheon on November 30, 2021, according to information from the Sunday edition of “Parisien”, citing the president French Emmanuel Macron.

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“ 

It’s yes! 

", The French Head of State would have said, on Wednesday July 21, 2021 at the Elysee Palace, according to the daily

Le Parisien

, after an interview with a group of personalities who came to plead for this initiative, including in particular"

 the novelist Pascal Bruckner, the singer Laurent Voulzy, the entrepreneur Jennifer Guesdon, the essayist Laurent Kuperman and especially Brian Bouillon-Baker, one of the sons of Joséphine Baker 

”.

Also according to

Le Parisien

, the ceremony will take place on November 30, making the famous magazine leader, born in Missouri and buried in Monaco, the first black woman to rest in the secular necropolis.

" I have two loves "

The file in favor of the interpreter of the famous song "I have two loves" had been examined for the first time at the end of June by the Elysee, according to the Sunday daily. A petition in favor of the “pantheonization” of the artist, launched two years ago by Laurent Kupferman, had gathered 38,000 signatures. " 

Artist, first black international star, muse of the cubists, resistance during World War II in the French army, active alongside Martin Luther King for civil rights in the United States of America and in France alongside the Lica

(International League against Anti-Semitism, now Licra: International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, editor's note) (...)

we think that Joséphine Baker, 1906-1975, has her place in the Pantheon 

“, Argues the text.

Secular necropolis

For more than a century, the Pantheon has been the secular necropolis of French “great men”, whose memory “grateful homeland” wishes to honor.

This imposing building dominates the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, one of the hillocks of Paris, in the center of the French capital.

Among the 80 "pantheonized" are politicians, writers, scientists, some religious and many military.

Only five women are currently buried there, including Simone Veil, the last personality to have been, in 2018.

(

with AFP

)

Also to listen: Memorable voice of Joséphine Baker in Paris

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