Vive la République !

Vive la République
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Proud French Expression

Meaning Long live the Republic!
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Pronunciation French sound files [veev lah ray poo bleek]
IPA   [viv la ʁe py blik]

Usage notes: Vive la République is a companion expression to vive la France. While the French generally use them together (mostly during political rallies), Francophiles of other nationalities only say the latter. But what’s the difference?

As you may know, there are several different names for France. La France is of course the general term, encompassing everything from the country’s geography to its culture. In comparison, la République refers to the government. After the French Revolution, France changed from a monarchy to a republic. It continued evolving through empires and different republics until the current incarnation, la Cinquième République (the Fifth Republic), was established in 1958 by Charles de Gaulle by constitution.* When the French refer to their country as la République, they do so with pride in their modern system of government.

In the image above, RF stands for République française.

French lesson plans Vive la République in action

Examples of vive la République in real-life videos from Lawless French Immersion:

Vive la République, vive la France !   Long live the Republic, long live France!
Video: ‘We are at war’: Macron puts France into lockdown
Le philosophe spécialiste de la philosophie politique que vous êtes, il regarde ça, et il se dit : “Vive la République, vive la France” ?   When seeing that, you, as a philosopher specializing in political philosophy, do you tell yourself: “Long live the Republic, long live France”?
Video: “The Crown” seen from France
Vive la République.   Long live the Republic.
Video: Freedom of speech: French football team addresses schoolchildren
Vive la République, vive la France !   Long live the Republic, long live France!
Video: Emmanuel Macron wins historic French election

 * This is an extremely abbreviated summary of hundreds of years of French history. Further reading:

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Vive la République

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Dessiné par Jérôme BLUM, modifié par Laura K Lawless
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