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La Marseillaise: Booing The French And Gordon Brown Off

by | 16th, October 2008

HOW do you stop a football match before it has begun?

Any football match in France before which the country’s national anthem is booed will now be “immediately stopped”, French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Anthems are played before the game, right?

The dramatic move was triggered by the jeering of ‘La Marseillaise’ before Tuesday’s friendly between France and Tunisia at the Stade de France.

L’étendard sanglant est levé.

The incident at the game, which France won 3-1, caused such offence that public prosecutors later launched a preliminary investigation for “outrage against the national anthem.”

A un, a deaux, a une, deux, trois…

To arms citizens Form your battalions
March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows

“Any match when our national anthem is whistled will be stopped immediately,” Bachelot said after talks with Sarkozy and French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.

Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras/ Égorgez vos

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