Thousands of soccer fans calmly left Stade de France amidst the chaos and carnage just outside the stadium and elsewhere in central Paris. And as they left, they proudly sang “La Marseillaise”, the national anthem of France.
Video uploaded to Facebook this evening by Karl Olive this evening shows fans exiting the stadium’s tunnels after the ‘all clear’ was provided by police and security. Earlier in the evening, after the soccer game being played had ended, spectators were gathered in the middle of the stadium’s field as a security precaution.
Olive’s video caption reads: “In an exit tunnel of the Stade de France, exit in the calm… And the Marseillaise. #Proud.”
Dans un tunnel de sortie du Stade de France, sortie dans le calme…. Et la Marseillaise. #fier
Posted by Karl Olive on Friday, November 13, 2015
The anthem was composed during the French Revolution as volunteers began to march to the capital. It is a symbol of freedom for the company, a patriotic call to fight against tyranny and foreign invaders.
Outside the stadium across the city, Parisians have been opening the doors to the homes and businesses to people who have been stranded in the streets. It even led to a social media call to action using the hashtag #PorteOuverte.
On Saturday, a vigil is planned for Vancouver and similar events are planned for other cities around the world. Earlier this evening, candlelight vigils were held at Montreal and New York City’s Union Square Friday evening, with French students singing their nation’s anthem:
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) November 14, 2015
— MarcJBraibant (@mjbraibant) November 14, 2015