France has paid its last respects to one of its greatest writers and statesmen, Andre Malraux, who was buried on Wednesday (24 November) in the little village of Verrieres-le-Buisson near Paris.
SV AND GV EXTERIOR: mourners awaiting funeral cortege for Andre Malraux in Verrieres-le Buisson, France. (2 shots)
SVS: funeral car with wreaths through archway and down street. (2 shots)
SV: two women mourners standing in graveyard.
SVS: coffin carried into graveyard and laid down while mourners watch (4 shots)
SVS: principal mourners led by family, place flowers by coffin. (4 shots)
GV PAN: mourners file past coffin.
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Background: France has paid its last respects to one of its greatest writers and statesmen, Andre Malraux, who was buried on Wednesday (24 November) in the little village of Verrieres-le-Buisson near Paris.
SYNOPSIS: Monsieur Malraux died at the ago of 75 in a Paris hospital on Tuesday (23 November) of a massive blood clot on the lung. His literary fame grew from his work 'La Condition Humaime' -- 'Man's Fate' -- on the Chinese revolutionary struggle in the 1920's.
He became a left-wing symbol of personal commitment prepared to die for the causes on which he wrote, from the Chinese revolution and the Spanish civil war, to anti-Fascism and the fight against Hitler. He was condemned to death by the Nazis for his role in the French resistance in World War Two. Afterwards he met General de Gaulle and served as information minister in de Gaulle's brief post-war government. Later, he was de Gaulle's culture minister from 1958 to 1969.
The burial was without formal ceremony. Mourners simply filed past the coffin placing a single red rose or carnation on it. Among mourners were the late President de Gaulle's son, Vice-Admiral Philippe de Gaulle, former Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas; and Cultural Minister Francoise Giroud.
The grave in the village cemetery is unlikely to be permanent, as plans are being made to build a monument to M. Malraux in the Chateau de Verrieres where he spent his last years. His body is expected to be moved there.