'La Marseillaise' controversy: Political row over French national anthem
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Should French officials sing the Marseillaise aloud? The question may sound trivial, but it has once again become a topic of controversy after the opposition accused the justice minister of not singing the national anthem during a recent function. With European elections some two weeks away and the far-right National Front in a position to win them, the issue of national identity is yet again taking centre stage in France.