On May 22th 1885, at the age of 83, Victor Hugo died of pneumonia. His death created an intense national mourning. He was revered not only as a literary figure but as a statesman who shaped the Third Republic and democracy in France.
More than 2 million followed his funeral procession in Paris from the Arc de Triomphe to the PanthÃ©on, where he was buried. He shares a crypt with Alexandre Dumas and Ã‰mile Zola.
Film Fact – In the film Camille Claudel, the death of Hugo is addressed and you can see the national mourning it created. Also Camille Claudel is played by Isabelle Adjani who played Victor Hugo’s daughter, Adele in the film The Story of Adele H.
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