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    France Honors Foreign Resistance Fighters as WWII Hero Manouchian Is Inducted into the Panthéon

    France Honors Foreign Resistance Fighters as WWII Hero Manouchian Is Inducted into the Panthéon

    — While hosts grandiose ceremonies commemorating D-Day, Missak Manouchian and his Resistance fighters' heroic role in World War II are often overlooked. French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to change that by inducting Manouchian into the Panthéon national monument on Wednesday.

    A poet who took refuge in France after surviving the Armenian genocide, Manouchian was executed in 1944 for leading the resistance to Nazi occupation. Macron is to lead a Paris ceremony in homage to Manouchian at the Panthéon, the resting place of France's most revered figures, in the presence of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

    The tribute will also include members of his Resistance group.

    “With them, it's all foreign Resistance fighters who enter into the Panthéon,” said historian Denis Peschanski, who led efforts to honor Manouchian's memory.

    The move comes as France gets ready to celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day this year in the presence of heads of states and World War II veterans.

    Manouchian's coffin, covered with the French flag, will be carried in the street in front of the Panthéon by soldiers of the Foreign Legion.

    On Tuesday, a homage was being held at Mont Valérien, where Manouchian and his group members were shot by the Nazis. The site has become a memorial to French fighters. The Holocaust Memorial in Paris was also holding an exhibit in his honor.

    “Missak Manouchian chose France twice,…

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