The Anthem Of France

An overview of La Marseillaise

What is the history of La Marseillaise ?

La Marseillaise was written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle during the French Revolution. After France declared war on Austria, the mayor of Strasbourg declared that they needed a marching song, and he happened to say this where Claude was bunkered at the time. He responded to this with La Marseillaise.


Although it was originally called Chant de guerre de l’armée du Rhin (War Song of the Army of Rine),its name changed because it grew popular with a volunteer unit from Marseille. It was because of its growing popularity, the Convention decreed to pass it as the French National Anthem on July 14, 1795.


Even with its now grown popularity, it was banned by Napoleon and Louis XVIII on the Second Restoration (1815) because it associated with revolutionary associations. Soon after, it was banned again by Napoleon III and wasnt brought back until 1879.

More about France!

France is a European country that bordered by Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monace,Spain, and Switzerland.


France has many more things it to it than the anthem.The capital of Frace is Paris, with 2.2 million people living in it, with the total population of the country being 64,641,279. I guess the population goes up all the time, because France is the most visited country by tourists. This contributes to the Louvre being the most visited.

France is also famous for the many sporting events it has hosted. One of the most famous ones being the bicycle race, the Tour De France that zig zags threw the landscape. There's also the French Open, a tennis event hosted in France every year.


Many famous people have come out of France as well.For example, Louis Pasteur was a scientist who has made many discoveries in microbiology and chemistry. Another famous person who came from France was Dany Boon, a comedian and filmmaker, who stared in the tv show Daniel Boone.

Deeper look into the words.

Although the original anthem had six verses and an seventh end verse, the first sixth verses of the anthem are normally used in public occasions.


The words to the anthem try to show the courage that they have, even under danger. For example; They come right into our arms, To cut the throats of our sons, our comrades; To arms citizens!, From your battle-lions, Let us march! They are describing how the soldiers came and attacked them brutally, so they must fight against them if they want to be rid of them, not just the soldiers.


They didn't express everything so obviously. For example, That their impure blood Should water our field, Sacred love of the fatherland, Guide and support our vengeful arms, they are saying that if their blood is to be spilled, they're pride of their land and courage will help them.


I would have to say that whats being overall shown here is the fighting, never giving up nature of the people. As one, together as France itself, they will be victorious against enemies of the land.