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England Wants Football Fans To Sing French National Anthem This Week

Home fans will join in with the French anthem during the friendly between England and France on Tuesday night.

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Before England's match against France at Wembley on Tuesday night, the lyrics to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", will be shown on the stadium's big screens.

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Home fans have been encouraged to sing along with the French anthem in solidarity with France after terror attacks claimed the lives of at least 129 people in Paris on Friday night.

The country's national stadium, Stade de France, which was staging a match between France and Germany on Friday, was one of the locations targeted by terrorists.

The cousin of French footballer Lassana Diarra was one of those killed in the attacks, while Antoine Griezmann's sister was a survivor of the attack at the Bataclan.

While tensions will be high at Wembley on Tuesday night, every single French player has opted to play in the match, which will go ahead as planned.

It is expected that both home and away fans will join in with the French anthem.

The friendly match at Wembley is a warmup game for the Euro 2016 championships, which take place in France next year.

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After the attacks in Paris, there is now doubt over the presence of "Fan Zones" in France during the championships.

Fan Zones are public areas in which the games are shown on big screens for fans who could not get tickets for a particular match.

Frederic Gil, the director general of services for host city Bordeaux, said: “We must not overreact in the heat of the emotion. But if we already knew how important the issue of security of fans was, the attacks have given us more cause for concern.

“I don’t know if there will be a rethink on the presence of Fan Zones, but it is certain that the way this event is handled cannot be the same. The president has said the attacks were a declaration of war, and we are getting ready to host a huge international event in a country at war."

But speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon, the English FA's chief executive Martin Glenn said the match is a chance to show terrorists that they "can't win".

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"This is going to have massive global significance – the first major event since Friday. It is a chance to demonstrate terrorism can't win.

"We can't afford to let this act of terror cow us."

And England manager Roy Hodgson, switching between speaking in French and in English, told reporters:

"I would encourage everyone at Wembley to sing La Marseillaise.

"But I don't know if it will be that easy. I don't know how many French fans will come. Or how many of our fans speak French."

Wayne Rooney also spoke to the press on Monday afternoon, and said he believes that football can be a strong uniting force.

"I think football globally does a lot for the world. Everyone as a unit, the world as one. The world of football has to stay strong together. I'm sure everyone will do that as best as we know how to do."

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