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French National Anthem La Marseillaise the History of the Song

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz:

It took a Revolution

France’s rousing national anthem, the Marseillaise, was written during the French Revolution. In 1792 the Revolution was in full swing, and all the monarchies of Europe were nervous. It made them uneasy to see people rise up against a king, and it was in their best interest to put a stop to all that revolutionary ruckus lest their own subjects decide to do away with them too.

…Continue reading here to learn how why on April 25, 1792, France declared war on Austria. A young Captain Rouget de Lisle was given the task of coming up with a replacement national anthem for “Ça ira, ça ira.” (It Will Be Fine, It Will Be Fine). Could he make the song inspiring, rousing, patriotic and do so by demain (tomorrow)? The rest is history, although he might have pulled an allnighter La Marseillaise eventually became the French national anthem.

    

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Margo Lestz

Margo Lestz

Margo is a British/American who has lived in Nice, France for the past nine years. She loves digging into the history of an area and discovering the tales behind local customs and traditions. She blogs about her discoveries on The Curious Rambler . She is also the author of two books, French Holidays & Traditions, and Curious Histories of Nice, France. Click here for Margo's books.

She describes herself as a perpetual student and is always taking some kind of course or researching a moment in history that has caught her fancy. She’s curious by nature and always wondering who, what, why, when, where, and how.

Margo shares her adventures (and her questions) with Jeff, her husband of many years. She enjoys travel, history, observing cultures and traditions – and then writing about them, of course.

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