Simone Veil, France's most popular politicians

Simone Veil was a Holocaust surviver and guaranteed fundamental rights for women, and was a model of dedication.

Important dates

  • July 13th, 1927: birth of Simone Annie Liline Jacob (Veil) at Nice.
  • 1943: she was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz
  • 1945: came back to France where she studied Law and Political Science
  • 1956she became Magistrate of French Ministry of Justice
  • 1964: she became the Director of Civil Affairs
  • 1974 to 1979progressed from the Civil Service to the health Minister
  • 1974: right for abortion is approved and voted
  • 1979 to 1982became the first elected President of the European Parliament
  • 1993she returned to France to work as the Health Minister
  • June 30th, 2017: death of Simone Veil

My claim as a woman is that my differenceis taken into account, that I do not have to dapt to the male model.

Simone Annie Liline (Jacob) Veil was born on July 13th, 1927. She was a lawyer and a politician fighting for women’s rights. She is known for legalizing abortion in 1975 and being President of the European Parliament. 

In 1943, at the age of 16, she was arrested by the Nazis. At this time, the French government was collaborating with Nazi Germany. She was sent to Auschwitz with her sister and mother. Unfortunately, even after the camp dismantlement, her mother, father and brother did not survive. This was a horrible experience that forged her vision of a united Europe.

After the war, simone returned to france in 1945 where she studied Law and Political Science. In 1956, she became Magistrate of French Ministry of Justice where she focused on women, prisoners and human rights.

When she became the Director of Civil Affairs in 1964, she voted for the right of dual parental control of family legal matters and adoptive rights for women. The same year, she met her husband Antoine Veil.

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors.

From 1974 to 1979, Veil progressed from the Civil Service to the health Minister. She highly contributed to the elaboration and improvement of prisoners, people with disabilities, children and women, healthcare and rights. While in office, in 1973 she fought for a better use of contraception which led to the democratization of the pill and its funding by the social security system. Her speech from that time still echoes today as a critic of conservative Catholic Ideologies, defending women’s right to have abortions. This led to the right for abortion to be approved and voted in 1974.

Since then “Veil Law” has become a symbol of women’s liberation and a defining factor in separating the church from government.Simone Veil then became the first elected President of the European Parliament.  Serving from 1979 to 1982.  After which she returned to France to work as the Health Minister in 1993. She then focused on the rights of people with disabilities and of those living with HIV.

Simon Died in June 2017 aged 89 y.o. She was the fifth woman buried at the Pantheon alongside other important french figures in history. In the last years of her life she worked at the Constitutional Council and seven years at the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah.

It’s here, where absolute evil was perpetrated, that the will must resurface for a fraternal world, a world based on respect of man and his dignity.

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