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‘Axe this when Macron ditches La Marseillaise!’

BBC Proms has sparked a huge debate on whether Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory should be axed from the Last Night of the Proms as one commentator called on other countries to look at their national anthems.

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Music commentator Norman Lebrecht hit out at French President Emmanuel Macron as he argued for Rule, Britannia! to be played on the Last Night of the Proms. He explained that France’s national anthem included controversial lyrics. But founder and CEO of Pimlico Opera and Grange Park Opera Wasfi Kani argued that Rule, Britannia! is not a unifying song for an international music…

Claire Anderson

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