Seventy-six majority deputies asked Emmanuel Macron on Friday, November 25 to bring Gisèle Halimi into the Pantheon, on the occasion of the International Day against Violence Against Women and the day after. by a vote of the Assembly for the inclusion of the right to abortion in the Constitution.
“In too many countries, women’s rights are collapsing a little more every day under the weight of growing conservatism and obscurantism”write Renaissance MP for Gironde Sophie Panonacle and 75 of her colleagues, who signed a letter addressed to the Head of State so that “Gisèle Halimi could be the seventh woman in the Pantheon” and she joins “his wrestling sister Simone Veil”.
“Gisèle Halimi was one of those to whom we owe so much. Brilliant lawyer, feminist activist and former MP, the one for whom injustice was intolerable, dedicated her life to defending the poor, the oppressed and women”, they insist. The elected officials, members of the three parliamentary groups of the presidential camp (Renaissance, Horizons, MoDem), salute “His Unwavering Courage” and “all of his humanist struggles”.
Positions that are too divisive?
Lawyer, politician and writer, Gisèle Halimi, who died on July 28, 2020 at the age of 93, made her life a fight for women’s rights, marked by a resounding trial in 1972. She then defended, before the Bobigny Criminal Court , in the Paris region, Marie-Claire Chevalier, a minor accused of having had an abortion after being the victim of a rape. She obtained the release of the young woman and managed to mobilize public opinion, paving the way for the decriminalization of abortion, at the beginning of 1975. Elected deputy in 1981, she continued the fight in the Assembly, this time for the reimbursement of voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG), finally voted in 1982.
She also committed herself to the defense of the militants of the National Liberation Front (FLN) and denounced the use of torture during the Algerian war. Requested on several occasions by feminist associations and political leaders, its “pantheonization” has come up against reluctance from the Elysée in recent years, because of its positions on the Algerian war and its defense of FLN activists, deemed too divisive, according to members of the president’s entourage.