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In Solidarity
Friday, November 13


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 nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons! (bis)

Que veut cette horde d’esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C’est nous qu’on ose méditer
De rendre à l’antique esclavage !

Aux armes, citoyens…

Quoi ! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi ! Ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers! (bis)
Grand Dieu! Par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Tremblez, tyrans et vous perfides
L’opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez ! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S’ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s’armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Aux armes, citoyens…


Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny’s
Bloody banner is raised,(repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into our arms
To cut the throats of our sons, our women!

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows! (Repeat)

What does this horde of slaves,
Of traitors and conspiratorial kings want?
For whom are these vile chains,
These long-prepared irons? (repeat)
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What fury it must arouse!
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

To arms, citizens…

What! Foreign cohorts
Would make the law in our homes!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would strike down our proud warriors! (repeat)
Great God! By chained hands
Our brows would yield under the yoke
Vile despots would have themselves
The masters of our destinies!

To arms, citizens…

Tremble, tyrants and you traitors
The shame of all parties,
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will finally receive their reward! (repeat)
Everyone is a soldier to combat you
If they fall, our young heroes,
The earth will produce new ones,
Ready to fight against you!

To arms, citizens…

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Bear or hold back your blows!
Spare those sorry victims,
Who arm against us with regret. (repeat)
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
These accomplices of Bouillé,
All these tigers who, mercilessly,
Rip their mother’s breast!

To arms, citizens…

Sacred love of the Fatherland,
Lead, support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished Liberty,
Fight with thy defenders! (repeat)
Under our flags, may victory
Hurry to thy manly accents,
May thy expiring enemies,
See thy triumph and our glory!

‘To arms, citizens…

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  • Pete

    France, like the rest of Western Europe ( and the U.S.) has drunk too deep from the poison of multiculturalism

  • Andrew Allison

    Perhaps, their leaders having shown themselves to be unworthy, the citizenry will indeed take arms against a sea of troubles. One thing’s for sure, the FN will very likely form the next government of France.

    • Ellen

      Right. And I would say three cheers for Marine Le Pen who has had the courage to say what needs to be said about Islam and the poisonous relativism of the left, while repudiating the old poisonous hatreds of the right, exemplified by her own father.

      • Andrew Allison

        It’s important to note that what she actually says about Islam (http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2015/03/06/marine-le-pen-islamophobie-actes-anti-musulmans_n_6814318.html) is that France is a secular nation, and that French Muslims should be French first, Muslim second. In other words she’s not, as her detractors claim, broadly Islamophobic. We should beware of painting all Muslims with the radical brush.

        • f1b0nacc1

          This.
          I have had this very conversation with my liberal friends (who all seem to be obsessed with the notion that we are not at war with Islam, and that this is the essential lesson to be taken), and have repeated over and over that the real lesson is that we are a secular society. If Islam (or Judaism or Christianity, etc.) cannot accept this, then we must be at war with them. I am an American first, last, and always….my spiritual beliefs are mine, not my society’s, and while I have the unquestioned right to my beliefs, I have no basis for imposing them (or aiding those who would impose them) upon others. If Islam can accept this, fine…if it cannot, then we are at war with it, or at least those practicioners (as well as those who provide them aid and comfort) who cannot.
          I doubt that Islam (which is ultimately a totalitarian cult) can adjust, but I would hope that it can. If not, the result will not be pretty.

          • Jim__L

            Be careful. There’s a reason the general who organized D-Day and the defeat of an ideology that declared the nation “uber alles” put the Lincoln’s phrase, “nation, under God” into our pledge of allegiance.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Perhaps, but there is also a reason that the Founders explicitly rejected the notion of a state religion. I don’t dispute the importance of spiritual substance in civic life, but (particularly in a nation of immigrants) such things are not as simple as we would like them to be.

  • Anthony

    Very serious matter (science and technology mixed with ideological venom). This crisis did not drop down from Mars (or develop overnight). What are we (not just France) contending with actually? No more time for mislabeling but certainly time for comprehending “destructive means” in the hands of indiscriminate actors promulgating death. There are implications.

    • Jim__L

      Implications again many, specifics again few. Or nonexistent.

      • Anthony

        You got a lot of learning to do son! If you want specifics read some books (the acquisition of knowledge from books provides an experience different from the Internet). Remember: Homo Categorius. Oh, we’re done (but I knew misplaced hubris would not let you).

  • markterribile

    “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore/That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion/A home and a country would leave us no more?/There blood has washed out their foul footsteps pollution/And nothing could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave!”
    It’s time for us to remember when we too not only faced danger but fought and overcame it.

  • Matt B

    Holy smokes, I never knew the lyrics! Seriously, the Star Spangled Banner pales in comparison.
    The crowd at the football stadium was singing this as they left. I’m sure the lyrics resonated with new meaning; we’ll have to see how they shap France’s response to this atrocity.
    Thanks for posting this. Vive la France!

    • markterribile

      Do you know the third verse? I put it in the comment before yours.

      • Matt B

        No I did not. After 18 years of education at government-funded institutions, I’m going to blame them. That definitely stands up to La Marseillaise. Thanks for posting it.

  • WigWag

    Yes, it’s a lovely sentiment that Via Meadia is presenting, but given the fact the France has unilaterally disarmed, laid out the welcome mat for the invaders without any complaint, allowed Jews to be murdered in its streets with nary a peep and endlessly criticizes other nations trying to fight terrorism, Via Meadia posts the wrong national anthem.

    A more appropriate national anthem to post on this sad day would be the Vichay National Anthem. After all, the French have spent the last couple of decades surrendering to the invaders who want to see it destroyed. The only difference between today and the 1930s and 1940s is that today’s invaders have Islamic surnames instead of German surnames.

    • Jim__L

      I don’t know, having TAI enjoy a Paul Henreid moment to inspire Americans is not inappropriate.

      Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

      I’m tempted to change my Facebook picture to the Cross of Lorraine…
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_Lorraine

      • f1b0nacc1

        Odd you should mention that, I watched Casablanca on Friday night…

  • circleglider

    French President Francois Hollande, speaking at the site of The Bataclan concert hall in central Paris today:

    We will lead the fight and we will be ruthless, and we had to be here among the people who were subject to these atrocities because when the terrorists are capable of doing such acts they must know that they will face a France very determined — a France united.

    Are we finally now all Jacksonians?

    • Andrew Allison

      Actions speak louder than words. The horrendous problem which Hollande faces (other than being the most ineffectual President since WW2) is that at least 15% of the population of Paris (I’ve seen estimates as high as 19%) is largely disaffected, Muslim. I wonder whether France has the stomach for the draconian measures called for?

      • circleglider

        The actual risk of terrorism is typically exaggerated. But not always.

        Does anyone in the West “have the stomach for the draconian measures called for?”

        • Andrew Allison

          Unhappily, I fear not.

      • Ellen

        Wow, I’m agreeing with everything you say today. The messianic era must be rapidly approaching. Hollande has popularity ratings down near single digits, if I remember correctly. That reminds me of Ehud Olmert in Israel, facing similar challenges. That whole age group and class of wimps is out of its depth in facing today’s problems.

        What Europe needs is a Thatcher, and they won’t get one. Merkel has turned out to be disappointment. She was the last hope for Europe among the mainstream politicians. So, perhaps, we will see what Marine Le Pen is made of: whether things are so bad that she can get elected, and if elected, can she really turn things around for France? I think she can get elected, but don’t believe she can change the trajectory of France. Too little, too late.

        • Andrew Allison

          I agree that France may be beyond hope. We’re witnessing the decline and fall of Social Democracy throughout Europe. Amazingly, the US appears not to have noticed and seems hell-bent on emulating Europe. There will be tears before bedtime.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Perhaps he should consult with Merkel….I understand that the Germans are quite efficient at dealing with disaffected Frenchmen.

  • Anthony
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