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      Vive La France!


      "Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idée de la France."

      —Charles de Gaulle[1]
      "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)
      —The French Republic's motto

      The French Republic and its predecessors.


      History and Politics

      the French national anthem

      the French flag

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


      Aux armes, citoyens
      Formez vos bataillons
      Marchons, marchons
      Qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons




      Let us go, children of the motherland
      The day of glory has come
      Against us the tyranny
      Has raised its bloody standard (bis)
      Can you hear in the countries
      These ferocious soldiers bellowing
      They come into your arms
      And cut your sons and wives' throats


      To arms, citizens
      Form your batallions
      Let us march, let us march
      So that an impure blood flows in our furrows


      It was written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle as a military song during the 1792 war against European royalist forces. The "impure blood" is a topic of contreversy: one interpretation is that it designates the blood of the patriots who sacrifice themselves for freedom, opposed to the self-proclaimed "pure blood" of the nobles. Another, opposite one, is that it is the blood of the enemy.

      This is the first verse of seven (in the final version). Rest assured: they are all equally violent.

      1. Translation: "All my life I have had a certain idea of France."