Last Tuesday I was ‘forced’ to watch the England – France game on TV, because the Germany – Netherlands game was called off due to terrorist activities. Later on there was nothing wrong, but still a very serious situation.
Before every national game starts, the anthem is sung and in remembrance of all people lost in the terrorist attacks, only the french national anthem: La Marseillaise was sung. Everyone in the stadium sung the anthem and it formed one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever witnessed. The goosebumps were on my skin and I felt even a bit emotional, it feel great and weird at the same time. Not only because of the remembrance, but also the power of the anthem in general.
La Marseillaise is the national anthem of France and it origins are from 1792. It’s called so because of the troops from Marseille. They sang the song when they entered Paris and has been the national anthem from 1878. It was installed as national anthem in 1793, but it was removed by Napoleon and reinstated after the prussian-french war om 1870-1871,
The anthem does reflect the idea of the French Republic and everyone does know the words.
The power of this national anthem is that the people know the lyrics and what they mean. To themselves, to others and to the nation. It defines the nation, it’s part of the french identity and that’s what makes it so powerful.
Every time I hear the anthem, I get this awesome feeling. It makes you want to be french. It makes me want to feel so proud to sing that anthem. I also makes my envy the strength of the people who have that nationalism flow in their veins.
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!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!
‘Ave a good one! – ML