Discover the fundamentals of the French republic with two essentials. The French declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen has been of tremendous influence on every democracy ever since; La Marseillaise, which has been called "the greatest national anthem in the world", is a powerful and inspiring cry for battle and freedom.
The Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen introduce the idea that human rights are a feature of human nature itself; it is the first time the rights of man were said to be universal, without distinction of race or religion. This was the idea used to create a nation of free individuals equally protected by law, and it is still the basis of many democracies today.
La Marseillaise is a revolutionary song meant to mobilize all citizens in courage and solidarity. It was first used as a rally against European monarchs, who tried to smother the French Revolution by invading the country; they were successfully defeated. The Marseillaise's revolutionary accents are still used to defend freedom against the successive tyrannies of modern age.
© Domaine public (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir