U.K. Star Wars Event Spontaneously Sings French National Anthem in Touching Tribute to Nice
Hundreds of European Star Wars fans spontaneously sung the French national anthem on Friday, in tribute to Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.
The touching moment occurred at the Rogue One panel at the Star Wars Celebration, held in London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre.
The panel was hosted by Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, who starred as Captain Phasma in 2015’s The Force Awakens and will reprise the role in its upcoming sequel.
“I’d like to just take a moment…” she said, at the top of the panel. “It’s impossible for us to sit here at a celebration, particularly an event called Celebration, and not think about the events that happened not far from here.”
“On behalf of everyone our hearts go out to the people in Nice and in France,” she continued. “I know there’s so many people here … I’d like a moment for us all to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”
After the short pause, someone at the back of the hall started singing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” Before long, many across the hall had joined the song in solidarity.
Christie applauded the song, before continuing on with the program.
At least 84 people were killed and 120 injured in Thursday’s attack, after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
Star Wars Celebration continues through Sunday and is being livestreamed via StarWars.com.