Scottish Daily Mail

Fra­ter­nité! Fans to sing French an­them

- By Tom Payne

ENG­LAND foot­ball fans are be­ing urged to join French supporters in singing the coun­try’s na­tional an­them in a show of sol­i­dar­ity over the Paris at­tacks.

The French Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion has de­fi­antly in­sisted that tomorrow’s friendly fix­ture be­tween Eng­land and France will go ahead at Wem­b­ley.

And fans are be­ing en­cour­aged to learn the words to La Mar­seil­laise in sup­port of the French team and 1,400 vis­it­ing supporters.

The an­them was com­posed in 1792, three years af­ter the French Revo­lu­tion, as a call to mo­bilise cit­i­zens against the threat of for­eign in­va­sion.

It gained its ti­tle af­ter be­ing sung by vol­un­teers from Mar­seille march­ing on the cap­i­tal. Its lyrics will be dis­played on screens at the 90,000-seater venue and the sta­dium’s gi­ant arch will shine brightly in blue, white and red, the FA con­firmed.

The French Tri­colour and na­tional motto of ‘Lib­erté, Egal­ité, Fra­ter­nité’ will also be on screens fac­ing fans as they walk to­wards the ground.

Both teams will wear black arm­bands and the match will be pre­ceded by a minute’s si­lence. It is un­der­stood the Eng­land squad will also pay trib­ute. Con­fir­ma­tion of the trib­utes by the FA fol­lows a cam­paign led by sport broad­cast­ers.

ITV pre­sen­ter Mark Pougatch said on Twit­ter: ‘If you have a ticket for Wem­b­ley on Tues­day then it’s time to learn La Mar­seil­laise. Time to show what fra­ter­nité is about.’

French jour­nal­ist Philippe Au­clair posted a link to the lyrics to the an­them with the mes­sage: ‘France will play at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day. Good. To my English friends, if you wish to join us to sing La Mar­seil­laise.’

Counter-ter­ror­ism ex­perts have as­sured the 70,000 fans who are due to de­scend on Wem­b­ley that there is no spe­cific threat to the game.

But se­cu­rity at the sta­dium will be bol­stered with an in­creased po­lice pres­ence and air­port-style se­cu­rity at turn­stiles.

Else­where in the cap­i­tal, the foun­tains in Trafal­gar Square were lit up as hun­dreds gath­ered in front of the Na­tional Gallery, which had pro­jec­tions of the French flag across its fa­cade.

Many waved French flags or held signs with slogans such as ‘Lon­don stands with Paris’, and ‘Pray for Paris’.

A can­dlelit vigil was held as the crowd fell silent at 6.30pm in mem­ory of the vic­tims.

Mean­while, the Lon­don Eye and Tower Bridge were lit up in blue, white and red in trib­ute.

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