Watch: England, France fans sing French national anthem before game
An emotional pregame ceremony took place before Tuesday’s friendly between England and France at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fans of both teams joined in singing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” before the start of the match. Typically, the home team’s anthem follows the singing of the away team’s, but the French anthem was performed after “God Save the Queen” to honor the victims of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.
The match comes just four days after terrorist attacks devastated Paris, killing 129 people in their wake. On Friday, France’s match with Germany at the Stade de France was targeted, as explosions took place outside the stadium.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said the England-France match Tuesday would have “massive global significance,” as it is the first major event in the sport since Friday.
“It is a chance to demonstrate terrorism can’t win,” Glenn said. “We can’t afford to let this act of terror cow us.”
During Tuesday’s friendly match, Wembley’s arch featured France’s blue, white and red colors as a sign of solidarity.
- Kayla Lombardo