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La Marseillaise

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Allez-y, celebrate the French National Holiday with some information about La Marseillaise!

From the very informative St. Céré website – http://www.st-cere.com/la-marseillaise-french-national-anthem.html :

The tune and words are generally accepted to have been written in one night (24-25 April, 1792) by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760-1836), a captain in the Engineers, stationed in Strasbourg. The song was adopted by the French Army of The Rhine as their battle hymn/marching song – ‘Le Chant de Guerre de l’Armée du Rhin‘. It was named La Marseillaise by the Paris mob, after militia troops formed in Marseilles adopted it and sang it as they marched into Paris on 30 July, 1792. It quickly spread throughout France. La Marseillaise was adopted as a national song of the (First) Republic by decree on 14 July, 1795, then banned and then re-established and then banned again until adopted as the official French national anthem in 1879, with the version as we know it today being established in 1887.


During the Second World War and the Nazi occupation ‘La Marseillaise’ was associated with the patriotic Free French and resistance movements. In September 1944, Free French officials were giving instructions that ‘La Marseillaise’ was to be sung in schools to ‘celebrate our liberation and honour our dead’.

Which leads us to probably THE most famous version and perhaps the most imaginative, from Casablanca.

Strange Random France Quote:

“If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.” Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (French Playwright, 1741-1794)

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