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2 more women to be honored at famed Paris Pantheon

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 3:41 a.m.

PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says two women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II will be inducted into Paris' renowned Pantheon — the eternal resting place of dozens of French greats but only one woman, Marie Curie.

Hollande announced the selection Friday at a ceremony west of Paris honoring those who battled the Nazis and the collaborationist French regime. The president has promised to bring more gender equality in the country of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. Many French women feel that motto still doesn't ring true for them.

The induction next year of Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, a niece of Gen. Charles de Gaulle, and Germaine Tillion as well as two men in the Resistance will bring those honored in the Pantheon to three women and 72 men.