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French Congress Sings 'La Marseillaise' As Tribute To Paris Attack Victims

11/16/2015 01:02 EST | Updated 11/16/2015 02:59 EST

In the days following deadly attacks in Paris that have claimed at least 132 lives and injured hundreds more, the people of France have found unity through many means. Some through their Facebook photos. Others by lighting candles by windows.

And then there's this rousing as this display of "La Marseillaise".

In a video shot by French news outlet France 24, the entire French Congress rose up and sang the country's national anthem Monday morning to pay tribute to the victims of Friday night's violence. The singing came right after an address from President François Hollande.

Hollande told both members of Parliament and senators in Versailles the country is at war.

“We are not in a war of civilizations. These assassins don’t represent a civilization. We are at war with jihadist terrorism which threatens the whole of the world and not only France,” he said.

It's the second time this year French lawmakers have used "La Marseillaise" to mourn victims of terrorism.

In January, the country's lower house of parliament rose to remember victims killed and injured during the Charlie Hebdo shootings. That also marked the first time Parliament sang the song together since the liberation of France after World War I in 1918.

But it's not just politicians who've turned to the anthem to strike a sense of comradery.

Soccer fans embraced the song during an evacuation of Paris's Stade de France on Friday after two explosions outside the sports venue.

People were filmed chanting the anthem and waving flags as they made their way out the building.

Dans un tunnel de sortie du Stade de France, sortie dans le calme.... Et la Marseillaise. #fier

Posted by Karl Olive on Friday, November 13, 2015

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