France celebrated the 56th anniversary of Armistice Day on Monday (11 November) with especial solemnity ...
France celebrated the 56th anniversary of Armistice Day on Monday (11 November) with especial solemnity ... and the first public playing of the newly-arranged national anthem, the Marseillaise.
It was the first Armistice??? ??? since President Valery Giscard d'Estaing came to power earlier in the year, and the ceremonies bore the innovatory marks associated with his Presidency. The Armistice Service -- to mark the end of the First World War -- at the Arc de Triomphe was attended for the first time by German representatives. Baron von Braun, the West German ambassador, and Herr Ernst, the East German Ambassador, had been specially invited by President Giscard, along with other members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The new arrangement of the Marseillaise -- without the traditional trumpets and drums -- was described as "more dignified" and hymn-like. It will replace the militarised version at all official ceremonies from now on.