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” EIs this how men live? » At the end of a ceremony full of symbols, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech to pay tribute to Missak and Mélinée Manouchian, who entered the Pantheon this Wednesday, February 21. The head of state particularly praised the “odyssey of freedom” of Missak Manouchian and her fellow resistance fighters, killed during the Occupation in France. Emmanuel Macron then retraced the life of the Armenian, from the massacre of his parents to his death.

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A speech centered on the stateless refugee standing of the communist resistance fighter, shot by the Nazi regime. The Head of State paid tribute specifically to the Francs-Tireurs of the French resistance, in addition to to “the entire procession of FTP-MOI, confined for too long in oblivion”: “Because they are driven out of the surface of the world, they decided to fight for the soil of their homeland, because many of them are Jewish, and some saw their loved ones deported,” argued the president.

Emmanuel Macron then returned to the need for freedom that animated the couple: “Missak Manouchian, you enter here with Mélinée, as a poet of happy love. Love of freedom, despite prisons, torture and death. Love of France, despite refusals and betrayals. Love of men, those who are dead, and those who are unborn,” continued the president, earlier than solemnly greeting the 2 resistance fighters. “France, grateful, welcomes you. Missak and Mélinée, destinies of Armenia and France, loves finally rediscovered,” he added, earlier than starting a minute of silence for Missak Manouchian and his comrades in arms.

A ceremony filled with symbols

The ceremony started with the studying of Missak Manouchian's final letter addressed to his spouse Mélinée, on February 21, 1944, just a few hours earlier than being shot on the Mont Valérien fort. “My dear Mélinée, my beloved little orphan, in a few hours, I will no longer be in this world,” he started in his last writing. Read by Patrick Bruel, member of the help committee for the pantheonization of Manouchian, the actor and director of Armenian origin Serge Avedikian adopted him with an attraction to the useless.

What adopted was a canopy, by the Maîtrise populaire de l'Opéra Comique, of the tune “They fell”, written by Charles Aznavour, additionally of Armenian origin and whose dad and mom had hidden the Manouchians throughout the Occupation in Paris. Excerpts from Missak Manouchian's notebooks had been then learn by totally different actors similar to Lisa Toromanian, François Feroleto and Serge Bagdassarian. The Maîtrise populaire de l’Opéra Comique returned simply afterwards to carry out “The Partisan’s Complaint”. As we approached the Pantheon, the French Army Choir took over by singing the “Song of the Partisans”.

Léo Ferré's well-known tune “L'Affiche rouge”, impressed by Louis Aragon's poem “Strophes pour se souvenir”, was subsequently coated by Arthur Teboul, singer and lyricist of the group Feu! Chatterton. Finally, French violinist Astrig Siranossian performed “Grunk the Bird of Armenia” whereas the coffins had been positioned within the heart of the nave by the Republican Guard.