Maryam Rajavi: Iranian Resistance deeply mournful along with French people
On Thursday, November 24, a memorial ceremony to offer respects to the late Danielle Mitterrand and to honor the exalted humanitarian values of this great lady was held at the Headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran at Auvers-sur-Oise (northern Paris suburb) at the presence of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance.
Participants in this memorial were a number of friends and colleagues of Mrs. Mitterrand, including Michel Joli, the Secretary General of the France-Libertes Foundation; a number of political personalities, including former prime minister of Algeria Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former President of the Belgian Senate Anne-Marie Lizin, former minister and president of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Cults in France Alan Vivien; French mayors, including mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise Jean-Pierre Bequet, and mayor of Taverny Maurice Bouscavert; the progressive French cleric Jacques Gaillot, a number of residents of Auvers-sur-Oise, and some members and officials of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and supporters of the Iranian Resistance.
In her brief speech, Mrs. Rajavi once again offered her condolences to the people of France, the respectable Mitterrand family, and members and officials of the France-Libertes Foundation. She said, “Me, residents of Ashraf, and all members of the Iranian Resistance share in this great sorrow with the French people.”
Mrs. Rajavi added, “Danielle was one of those great people that belonged to everyone; to France and the world. In fact, she not only was the first lady of France, but the first lady of human rights in the world.”
She continued, “Dear Danielle who stood up against the Nazis at age 17 with the French resistance, never rested. Because of her stature – as she put it – she walked over many red carpets in the furthest parts of our world. She was welcomed in all palaces. However, from all that she concluded that she should only struggle more for the sake of the oppressed, the forgotten, and the victims.”
Mrs. Rajavi accentuated, “That wakeful conscience that wished not to witness ‘the tearing up of the world for the sake of power and riches’, and that rebellious and restless soul has not died and shall continue its struggle. I see this in all the French people who stand up with the oppressed and also in all the freedom-loving people of our world.”
During her fruitful life, Mrs. Danielle Mitterrand visited the Headquarters of the National Council of Resistance at Auvers-sur-Oise on several occasions to offer her support to the Iranian Resistance. Her presence in front of this Headquarters in the third day of the uncalled for assault of 17 June 2003 of the French police, was a pivotal point in support of the French people for the Iranian Resistance.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 24, 2011