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French government gives thanks to England for touching Paris tribute at friendly

France and England stand together for a moment of applause prior to their friendly on Tuesday in London. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The government of France showed its appreciation for the extensive tribute England’s national soccer team put on before its friendly against France on Tuesday. The official account of the government expressed thanks in a tweet depicting a picture of Wembley Stadium lit up in the colors of the French flag.

One of the most touching moments, according to the BBC’s Phil McNulty, who attended the game, was when the teams broke protocol and mixed to take a group photo, “a gesture of unity that prompted huge applause around the stadium.”

“It was a very moving moment and the minute’s silence was beautifully observed,” McNulty wrote on Tuesday. “And it has been clear from the moment Wembley’s doors opened that the French following are very appreciative of the understanding, support and sympathy they have been afforded.”

Fans in attendance also sang “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, in unison.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls especially appreciated that, tweeting in French, “La Marseillaise at Wembley. Two peoples in unison. Immense emotion. Freedom. Equality. Brotherhood.”

Prince William also joined coaches Roy Hodgson of England and Didier Deschamps in laying out flowers to memorialize the victims in the attacks that killed at least 129.