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Macron announced the reburial of the ashes of the Armenian poet and fighter Misak Manouchian in the Pantheon KXan 36 Daily News

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 04:08:40

This rare tribute from France is for those who have played an important role in the country’s history, according to AFP. Macron said Manouchian “embodies the universal values” of France and “carries part of our greatness.”

Misak Manouchian arrived in France in 1925 as a stateless refugee fleeing the Armenian genocide in Turkey and later joined the communist resistance during World War II. He led a small group of foreign resistance fighters against the Nazi occupation, carrying out attacks on German troops and acts of sabotage in Nazi-occupied France in 1943. In 1944, his group, which included several Jews, was liquidated by the Nazis, presumably thanks to the tip of a traitor: 23 members of the Resistance were captured and sentenced to death by a German military court. Manushyan was shot by the Nazis on February 21, 1944. The Vichy Nazi collaborators’ collaborationist regime later attempted to discredit the group and quell anger over the executions with an infamous red banner depicting dead fighters as terrorists.

Upon entering the Pantheon, Manouchian will be the first foreign and communist resistance fighter to receive this honor. His ashes will be reburied with those of his wife Meline, who survived him by 45 years and is buried with him in the Ivry-sur-Seine cemetery. Macron paid tribute to Manouchian’s “bravery” and “quiet heroism” in a statement on Sunday, as well as other foreign resistance fighters. The French left, especially the Communist Party, as well as the large and influential Armenian diaspora in the country, have long called for the Manouchian pantheonization.

The date of the new burial has not yet been determined. Other important French figures known to have been buried in the Panthéon include Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Marie Curie.

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