French Anthem (La Marseillaise) Sung at Wembley Stadium – England vs France 17/11/2015
Last night England and France paid tribute to the 129 people killed in the Paris attacks before the international football friendly at Wembley.
A crowd of more than 70,000 sang La Marseillaise – the French national anthem – in front of the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister David Cameron.
The French Football Federation chose to go ahead with the fixture despite concerns about safety after France’s game with Germany at the Stade de France was targeted in the attacks.
Before kick-off, flowers were laid at the side of the pitch by Prince William and the opposing managers, England’s Roy Hodgson and Didier Deschamps of France.
The Football Association (FA) had encouraged England supporters to learn the words to La Marseillaise in a show of solidarity and Wembley’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.
Applause greeted the end of the anthems before a minute’s silence was held, with one side of the London stadium creating a Tricolor mosaic with coloured cards.
French Football Federation president Noel le Graet turned down the FA’s offer to cancel the match and FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the game would have “massive global significance”.
Extra officers were on duty for the game, including armed police.
Prince William, president of the FA, decided to attend the match after Friday’s attacks. London mayor Boris Johnson is also at Wembley.
Before the match, Hodgson told ITV: “Globally it is more focused on our game now the other matches are off. We see the game as a show of solidarity and defiance.
“It doesn’t feel like it normally feels inside Wembley stadium.”