KISS cover song causing quite a stir in France!
Sacre Bleus! Outrage in France after official anthem for national team's bid for Euro 2016 glory is released - and it's in ENGLISH
By Jay Akbar / Daily Mail
A French minister on Monday described the use of an English language song as the official anthem for French supporters at Euro 2016 as 'incomprehensible'.
Secretary of state for Francophony, Andre Vallini, said the French Football Federation's decision to choose a cover of 'I Was Made for Lovin' You' performed by group Skip The Use was 'very concerning'.
He added: 'Euro 2016 will be a great festival of sport which is taking place in France and will therefore project the image of our country abroad. And our language too.
'It is therefore incomprehensible that the anthem of the French national team should be in English,' Vallini said.
The song, originally performed by American rock veterans Kiss, has been renamed 'I Was Made for Lovin' You, My Team' for the tournament.
Skip The Use's lead singer Mat Bastard said the group was asked to record the song ahead of others by French singers Charles Trenet and Jean-Jacques Goldman, 'because it was the song which meant the most to us'.
Vallini also bemoaned the fact that France's entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, 'J'ai cherche' by Amir, features a chorus largely in English.
He said: 'At a time when we are defending the place of the French language in international institutions, and especially European institutions.