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France's Pantheon opens to all (selfies welcome)

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  • Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, a former resistance fighter and niece of late French President Charles de Gaulle, will be inducted into Paris' renowned Pantheon next year.

      Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, a former resistance fighter and niece of late French President Charles de Gaulle, will be inducted into Paris' renowned Pantheon next year.
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PARIS -- The mausoleum that is the final resting place for 72 of France's renowned men -- and just one woman -- will get a little more 'egalite' during two years of renovations.

Days after announcing that two women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II will be interred at the Pantheon, the government on Tuesday announced that the faces of thousands of ordinary people will be on show in a huge art installation there.

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Anyone can upload a photo for inclusion and JR, a photographer known for his giant street-art portraits, is also traveling around France to find people who want a place in the building that houses the remains of Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Marie Curie, among others.

The installation will begin April 22.

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