Papon buried with Legion of Honour medal

21st February 2007, Comments 0 comments

GRETZ-ARMAINVILLIERS, France, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - Wartime collaborator Maurice Papon, who died on Saturday at the age of 96, was interred Wednesday in a family vault at his home village of Gretz-Armainvilliers in the eastern Paris outskirts.

GRETZ-ARMAINVILLIERS, France, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - Wartime collaborator Maurice Papon, who died on Saturday at the age of 96, was interred Wednesday in a family vault at his home village of Gretz-Armainvilliers in the eastern Paris outskirts.

He went to his grave bearing the Legion of Honour medal which he was banned from displaying after his 1998 conviction for complicty in crimes against humanity.

"I kept my word to him. The cross of the commander of the Legion of Honour given to him by General de Gaulle will watch over Maurice Papon's soul for eternity," said his lawyer Francis Vuillemin.

Some 50 family members attended the private ceremony.

"Today this strange affair is over. It belongs to history," said Vuillemin.

Papon, a senior civil servant for the Vichy government in World War II, was found guilty of helping organise the deportation of 1,560 Jews, most of whom died at Auschwitz and other extermination camps.

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