dimanche 15 juillet 2007

La Fête Nationale

I was walking home on Friday and passed by a long string of military trucks and tanks, and I thought to myself, "What is going on?" Then I thought, 'Perhaps they should be doing that on the German border instead.' But it seems the typical 14 Juillet celebrations in France involve military parades and fireworks, and the president of the republic talks to the press about the state of the country and holds a garden party, although Sarkozy seems to have dropped the ball on his end of the events this year.

Last night I went to James and Sandrine's new apartment for their fête for la Fête Nationale. Their new apartment is in a high rise with views of the city, so we could all could view the fireworks (feu d'artifice). Sandrine joked beforehand that we should bone up on the Marseillaise. Oh dear! Of course I only have heard it when watching 'Casablanca'.

If you think the US national anthem is violent, it ain't got nothing on the Marseillaise. Here is one translation I found online:

Arise children of the fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny's
Bloody standard is raised
Listen to the sound in the fields
The howling of these fearsome soldiers
They are coming into our midst
To cut the throats of your sons and consorts

To arms citizens
Form your battalions

March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows

1 commentaire:

Anonyme a dit…

Although they are not good soldiers(they were invaded by the germans during both the two WW), French people have the most militaristic national anthme of the world. They have no real military succes in their modern history(if we don't count the good old Bonapart or their colonial invasions of african lands),I think thaat's why they put ahead the concepts of honor, glory, etc..Man fights for what he doesn't have.