England vs. France: How singing 'La Marseillaise' became a different war chant

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    • High security at French football match against England
    • Fans from both sides will sing French national anthem

    (CNN)When 90,000 football fans sing the French national anthem Tuesday, they will be evoking a defiant "call to arms" which was first penned centuries before the Paris terrorist attacks.

    Just a few days after the atrocities which claimed at least 129 lives -- including explosions near the Stade de France -- the French football team is set to play England in what is likely to be an emotional end-of-year-friendly at London's Wembley Stadium.
      It's almost unheard of for fans to sing their rival's national anthem -- a traditional ceremony for international matches held before the kickoff -- but supporters will be encouraged to belt out "La Marseillaise," with the words displayed on the stadium's big screens.
        Even as football fans were evacuated after the France-Germany game on Friday, they sang "La Marseillaise" in a show of solidarity.