England v France – sing at your TV when you hear La Marseillaise

Date: 16th November 2015

England v France: Learn the lyrics to the French national anthem La Marseillaise to show solidarity at friendly match.

‘We need to show that the terrorists will not win and we will defeat them’
Serina Sandhu

Wembley Stadium was lit up in the colours of the French Flag following the attacks.

Home fans are being encouraged to sing the French national anthem at the France-England football match at Wembley on Tuesday.

La Marseillaise is expected to be heard as an apparent act of defiance and show of unity following Friday’s devastating terror attacks in Paris which killed 129 people.

Lyrics to the anthem will be shown on big screens at the stadium.

The decision to proceed with the football match was announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May following a Cobra emergency committee meeting.

“We are in absolute solidarity with the people of France and together we need to show that the terrorists will not win and we will defeat them,” she said.

England manager Roy Hodgson said: “I’m sure the England team and our fans will play their part and show solidarity with our French friends on Tuesday evening and provide support for both teams during this difficult time.”

It is understood that security will be increased for the game.


Lyrics to La Marseillaise:

Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’etendard sanglant est levé! (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons!
Marchons! Marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

Amour sacré de la patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs!
Liberté, Liberté cherie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents!
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n’y seront plus;
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus.
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre!

 


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