Leading French feminist politician and Nazi death camp survivor Simone Veil has passed away at her Paris home two weeks from her 90th birthday, the BBC reports.
An iconic figure in women's rights, Veil played an instrumental role in legalizing contraception and abortion in France as the country's Minister of Health in 1975 with the Loi Veil (Veil Law).
She then went on to become the first President of the European Parliament between 1979 and 1982, before serving as French health minister once more under Édouard Balladur's government from 1993 to 1995.
After surviving the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Simone Veil actively contributed towards furthering the remembrance of the Holocaust, most notably as the Honorary President of the Foundation for the memory of Shoah.
French president Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the extraordinary woman with a message to her family saying: "May her example inspire our fellow compatriots, who will find in her the best of France."
Très vives condoléances à la famille de Simone Veil. Puisse son exemple inspirer nos compatriotes, qui y trouveront le meilleur de la France— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) 30 juin 2017
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