Simone Veil

1927 - 2017

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Simone Veil (French: [simɔn vɛj] (listen); née Jacob; 13 July 1927 – 30 June 2017) was a French magistrate and politician who served as Health Minister in several governments and was President of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1982, the first woman to hold that office. As health minister, she is best remembered for advancing women’s rights in France, in particular for the 1975 law that legalized abortion, today known as Loi Veil. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simone Veil has received more than 824,329 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Simone Veil is the 2,356th most popular politician (down from 1,849th in 2019), the 815th most popular biography from France (down from 682nd in 2019) and the 184th most popular French Politician.

Simone Veil was a French politician and lawyer. She was the first woman to serve as Minister of Health in France. She is most famous for the 1975 law legalizing abortion in France.

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Among politicians, Simone Veil ranks 2,356 out of 15,710Before her are Kim Koo, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Afonso VI of Portugal, Fumimaro Konoe, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, and Benazir Bhutto. After her are Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Berengar II of Italy, Robert I, Duke of Parma, Birger Jarl, and Louis I, Duke of Anjou.

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Among people born in 1927, Simone Veil ranks 34Before her are Martin Lewis Perl, Don Shirley, Juliette Gréco, Emmanuelle Riva, Angelo Sodano, and Marshall Warren Nirenberg. After her are K. Alex Müller, Hubert de Givenchy, Jerry Stiller, Hugo Pratt, Gilbert Bécaud, and Daniel Keyes. Among people deceased in 2017, Simone Veil ranks 34Before her are Mário Soares, Kenneth Arrow, Roman Herzog, Emmanuelle Riva, Malcolm Young, and Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov. After her are Hans Georg Dehmelt, Slobodan Praljak, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Peter L. Berger, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and Liliane Bettencourt.

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Among people born in France, Simone Veil ranks 815 out of 5,234Before her are Georges Dumézil (1898), Louis Barthou (1862), Bertrada of Laon (720), Jacques Charles (1763), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), and Nadia Boulanger (1887). After her are Max Jacob (1876), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), Jacques Delors (1925), Sebastian Brant (1458), Bertrand du Guesclin (1320), and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974).


Among politicians born in France, Simone Veil ranks 184Before her are Inessa Armand (1874), Louis, Duke of Orléans (1703), Vincent Auriol (1884), Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736), Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (1279), and Louis Barthou (1862). After her are Louis I, Duke of Anjou (1339), Germaine of Foix (1488), Léon Bourgeois (1851), Joseph Babinski (1857), Theobald I of Navarre (1201), and Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (1627).