Song of the Day: Mireille Mathieu, “La Marseillaise”

Today is the 232rd anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, the armory, fortress, and political prison that represented royal authority in Paris. The fall of the Bastille in 1789 is generally regarded as the start of the French Revolution. Mireille Mathieu is a French singer who started her career in 1962 when she was 16, after winning a singing contest in Avignon. She’s recorded over 1200 songs in eleven different languages and sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

This video has both French and English subtitles, with the English superimposed on the French. If you prefer just the French, look here.

On a personal note, today would be Grandma Holton’s 121st birthday. Happy birthday, Grandma!

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Mireille Mathieu, “La Marseillaise”

  1. Happy birthday to your grandmom who might be raising a glass for Bastille Day. This young girl sings this with much passion. It is a great song. Of course my mind always goes to the film, “Casablanca”

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  2. Happy Birthday Grandma Holton … and Mireille Mathieu is a beautiful songstress – and thanks for the reminder about Bastille Day – cheers Hilary


    1. I had never heard of Mlle. Mathieu before last night, and was suitably impressed.

      I grew up associating Bastille Day with Grandma, so I never forget either.


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