During His Reign, Napoleon III Banned 'La Marseillaise,' Replaced It With 'Partant Pour La Syrie'

The Marseillaise, the late eighteenth-century revolutionaries’ march that became the French national anthem, has a big, affecting, gorgeous melody that sounds like a flag waved furiously over battle; like any effective symbol, it overrides the particulars. For example, listening to English and French soccer fans hum…

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