England soccer fans join in on French national anthem before match

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LONDON — England and France soccer fans mingled inside Wembley Stadium Tuesday during an emotionally charged international friendly taking place four days after the deadly attacks in Paris.

England and France soccer fans joined in on singing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” before the game in a moving tribute.

“A truly stirring and defiant sight,” remarked a commentator for Fox Sports 1 on the broadcast.

“Tonight is more about solidarity than football,” said 31-year-old England fan Robert Williams, who was wearing a beret and holding a France flag. “It is about remembering the people that have lost their lives in such tragic circumstances.”

Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron are among the near-80,000 spectators at English football’s national stadium, where there is an increased police presence and enhanced security measures.

Watch the fans sing the French national anthem in the video above.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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