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Former French Health Minister and architect of the law legalising abortion in France. Born in Nice, France, on July 13, 1927, she died at home in Paris, France, on June 30, 2017, aged 89 years.
“I forgive you for having poured water over my head”, might seem an unlikely accolade from a 69-year-old man when paying tribute to his mother at an official ceremony with full state honours. But this is exactly what happened when Simone Veil's eldest son Jean Veil took the podium on July 5 at Les Invalides, where Napoleon lies, shortly before French President Emmanuel Macron spoke in homage to one of France's modern-day heroes. Praising her strong character, Jean recalled the occasion when his mother emptied a carafe of water over his head in disgust at what she considered to be his misogynist remarks./.../