Newspaper article China Post

France's Universal Values Will Defeat Terrorism

Newspaper article China Post

France's Universal Values Will Defeat Terrorism

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Tens of thousands of defiant soccer fans joined Prince William, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and David Cameron on Tuesday evening for a rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" at Wembley Stadium under the French motto, "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite," meaning "freedom, equality, fraternity" in English. In a show of support for victims of the recent Paris terror attacks and their families, Prince William said the game was a "powerful message of Britain's friendship" toward France. The impeccably observed minute's silence also showed that we need to collaborate in our fight against dictatorships and terrorism, starting with European leaders and beyond at the global level. In these difficult times, even the result of the game was not an issue anymore - England won the match 2-0 thanks to goals from Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and captain Wayne Rooney - because we are more convinced than ever that "freedom, equality, fraternity" are universal values that can defeat terrorism.

The French motto "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite," which was the rallying cry of French revolutionaries more than 200 years ago, is as important today as ever. Faced with these terrifying attacks, this rallying cry can be used in our daily lives to overcome our fear of going out to school, work or for fun, and make sure that the terrorists won't have the last word. Even if the traffic on some subway lines was interrupted yesterday morning due to the anti-terrorist operations that were in progress in the suburb of Saint-Denis in northern Paris, travelers again showed resilience and continued to commute despite their fears. They are anxious for sure but they are not afraid to enjoy their lives. "La vie continue, la vie continue," "Life goes on" in English, was the recurring phrase in conversations of spectators on Monday night at the concert in the Philharmonie de Paris, the first major concert hall to reopen its doors after Friday's attacks. "Meme pas peur," "we are not afraid" in English, is another leitmotiv chanted by Parisians who want to encourage everyone to enjoy the freedom of sitting "en terrasse" in cafes and restaurants around the City of Light with friends and family. …

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