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French political icon Simone Veil eulogised as 'best of France'

Simone Veil, the Auschwitz survivor who became a towering figure in French politics after pushing to legalise abortion in the face of fierce opposition, was hailed Friday as the best of France, following her death at 89. Veil, a women's rights icon who served as the first elected president of the European Parliament, died at her home, her son Jean Veil said. Expressing his condolences, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "May her example inspire our fellow citizens, as the best of what France can achieve.
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