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Before his burial on the Pantheon, a funeral vigil passed off on Tuesday in honor of the Armenian poet and resistance fighter Missak Manouchian. The ceremony passed off at Mont-Valérien, the positioning of his execution by the Nazi military. Back in photos.

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The funeral vigil passed off on the very website of his execution by the Nazis, 80 years earlier, on the age of 37. Resistance fighter Missak Manouchian was within the highlight on Tuesday February 20 at Mont-Valérien, in Hauts-de-Seine. A ceremony organized by the State Secretariat for Veterans, the day earlier than the burial of this communist poet of Armenian origin on the Pantheon, alongside his spouse Mélinée. Several hundred individuals attended the occasion.

The coffin adopted the trail of the fighter's final moments, from the chapel to the clearing of the murdered.

Soldiers transport the remains of Missak Manouchian, hero of the French resistance, for the funeral vigil which takes place the day before his entry into the Pantheon.
Soldiers transport the stays of Missak Manouchian, hero of the French resistance, for the funeral vigil which takes place the day earlier than his entry into the Pantheon, on February 20, 2024. © AFP – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / ECPAD

La Marseillaise on Mont-Valérien

After the arrival of the stays, lined with a French flag, the Marseillaise then the Chant des Partisans, a well-known anthem of resistance, resonated on Mont-Valérien.

Missak Manouchian's coffin arrives at Mont-Valérien, the place where he was shot by the Nazis 80 years ago.
The coffin of Missak Manouchian arrives at Mont-Valérien, the place the place he was shot by the Nazis, 80 years in the past, for a funeral wake. © AFP – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / ECPAD

The occasion, chaired by Patricia Mirallès, Secretary of State for Veterans, was held within the presence of a number of members of the federal government, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, communist political leaders in addition to households of resistance fighters .

“This vigil brings what our youth needs to see: courageous people who embraced France and fought for freedom,” she mentioned.

The Secretary of State for Veterans, Patricia Mirallès, chaired the vigil in tribute to Missak Manouchian.
The Secretary of State for Veterans, Patricia Mirallès, chaired the vigil in tribute to Missak Manouchian. Questioned by Franceinfo, she welcomed a “strong and lively” second and felt that this vigil “brings what our youth needs to see”. AFP – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

The meeting noticed a minute of silence in tribute to this determine within the struggle in opposition to the Nazi occupation, who distinguished himself on the head of a really energetic community earlier than being arrested and shot together with his comrades. His pantheonization goals to honor all “communist and foreign resistance”, in keeping with particulars from the Elysée.

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After studying the fighter's final letter to his spouse Mélinée, the names of Missak Manouchian's 22 fellow fighters, who made up the group of Francs-tireurs and supporters of immigrant labor, the FTP-MOI, had been known as. Their title may even be inscribed within the Pantheon.

Framing the coffin, teenagers hold portraits of Missak Manouchian's fellow fighters.  These members of the FTP-MOI, a group of foreign resistance fighters, were shot alongside him.
Framing the coffin, youngsters maintain portraits of Missak Manouchian's fellow fighters. These members of the FTP-MOI, a gaggle of overseas resistance fighters, had been shot alongside him on February 21, 1944. © AFP – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / ECPAD

Five searchlights aimed on the sky had been put in on the exact location the place the execution posts stood. Just a few hours earlier than her loss of life, Missak Manouchian declared that she felt “no hatred against the German people or against anyone.”

Soldiers carry the coffin of Missak Manouchian through the clearing of the executed, where he was executed by Nazi soldiers along with his resistance comrades.
Soldiers carry the coffin of Missak Manouchian by means of the clearing of the executed, the place he was executed by Nazi troopers alongside together with his resistance comrades. The searchlights aimed in the direction of the sky are put in the place the execution posts stood. © AFP – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / ECPAD

After this second of contemplation, the coffin was exhibited on the esplanade of the Combatant France Memorial, earlier than returning to the crypt for the night time. And to be moved once more, from Wednesday February 21, to the Pantheon, his closing resting place.

With AFP

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