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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."