Josephine Baker to be first black woman buried in France's Pantheon

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The remains of the American-born performer will be reinterred at the Paris monument, which houses the remains of scientist Marie Curie, French philosopher Voltaire and writer Victor Hugo.

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The remains of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker will be reinterred at the Pantheon monument in Paris, making the entertainer the first black woman to receive the country's highest honour, reports Sky News.

French president Emmanuel Macron is organising a ceremony on 30 November at the Paris monument, which houses the remains of scientist Marie Curie, French philosopher Voltaire, writer Victor Hugo and other French luminaries.

Baker was buried in Monaco following her death in 1975, dressed in a French military uniform with the medals she received for her role as part of the French Resistance during the Second World War.

She will be the fifth woman to be honoured with a Pantheon burial but is the first artist.

Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one of France's most revered politicians, was also buried at the Pantheon in 2018.

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