Franco-American artist Joséphine Baker enters the French Pantheon – .

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Franco-American artist Joséphine Baker enters the French Pantheon – .


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                Joséphine Baker, la célèbre chanteuse et danseuse franco-américaine qui a également combattu dans la résistance française pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, entrera dans le mausolée du Panthéon le 30 novembre.
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                                    <p>Joséphine Baker, née dans le Missouri en 1906 et enterrée à Monaco en 1975, sera la première femme noire à être inhumée dans le monument parisien sacré.

The case in favor of the performer of the famous song I have two loves was examined for the first time at the end of June by the Élysée, The Parisian daily reported Sunday.

A group including one of Baker’s sons campaigning for his induction met with Macron on July 21, said Jennifer Guesdon, one of the members.

” It’s a yes! “President Emmanuel Macron declared at the end of the meeting, adds The Parisian, explaining that the process is a very time consuming process.

Josephine Baker in the 1920s. © – AFP / File

The Baker family has been asking for his induction since 2013, with a petition collecting some 38,000 signatures.

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Joséphine Baker poses during the Concours d'Elegance Automobile at the Bois de Boulogne waterfall, near Paris, on June 23, 1949.
Joséphine Baker poses during the Concours d’Elegance Automobile at the Bois de Boulogne waterfall, near Paris, on June 23, 1949. © AFP / File
    </div>"C'était une artiste, la première star internationale noire, une égérie des cubistes, une résistante pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale dans l'armée française, active aux côtés de Martin Luther King dans la lutte pour les droits civiques", indique la pétition.

In her home country, the United States, she opposed the Ku Klux Klan and worked for the civil rights of African Americans. In Europe, facing Nazism, she became a French counter-espionage agent and obtained the Resistance medal after World War II.

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In this archive photo taken on August 19, 1961, US-born artist Joséphine Baker receives the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with palm in her Château des Milandes.
In this archive photo taken on August 19, 1961, US-born artist Joséphine Baker receives the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with palm in her Château des Milandes. © AFP / File
    </div>La cérémonie aura lieu le 30 novembre, date à laquelle Baker a épousé le Français Jean Lion, lui permettant d'obtenir la nationalité française.

The Pantheon is a memorial complex of the great national figures in the history of France from the political, cultural and scientific world.

Only the president can decide to move personalities in the old church, whose large columns and domed roof were inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

Of the 80 personalities in the Pantheon, only five are women, including the latest inductee Simone Veil, a former French minister who survived the Holocaust and fought for the right to abortion, who entered in 2018.

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