The Marseillaise was echoed in chorus by the spectators at Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday for the friendly soccer England-France, in tribute to victims of terrorist attacks in Paris Friday.
The words of the French anthem marched on the giant screens of the London stage, including the giant arch was adorned with blue-white-red and the pediment of the currency of France (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), four days after the terrorist attacks that targeted several neighborhoods in Paris and the Stade de France (at least 129 dead), while the Blues faced Germany.
This initiative was taken by the British press, The Sun and The Daily Mirror head, who asked the audience at Wembley to learn the words of the Marseillaise, published in their pages.
For this meeting, which will never have been so friendly, all England has set aside its sporting antagonism vis-à-vis France, to express solidarity and to transform this soccer game in a solemn moment of recollection and memory.
Thus, in the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the pre-match protocol has exceptionally been modified and the anthem of the host country, God Save The Queen was played first.
Before the hymns, Prince William and the two coaches Didier Deschamps and Roy Hodgson had each filed a wreath on the edge of the lawn.
Subsequently, a minute of silence was observed, players of both teams and referees mixed around the center circle. The faces were particularly strong, especially that of Lassana Diarra, mourns the loss of his cousin Asta Diakite.
Each player wearing black armbands, the match could finally begin.