“La Marseillaise” (in English: “The Song of Marseille”) is the national anthem of France. The song, originally titled “Chant de guerre pour l’Armée du Rhin” (in English: “War Song for the Army of the Rhine”) was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, during the French Revolution.
The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic’s anthem in 1795. The name of the song is due to first being sung on the streets by volunteers from Marseille.
The song is the first example of the “European march” anthemic style. The anthem’s evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music.
Click on the link below to listen to the French anthem (with the French lyrics and the English translation).