The French Crowd Anthem

fms

Rookie
This is a question for the French amongst you, undoubtedly:

What ís that thing they're always singing in the crowd?

I'm sure you know what I mean:
- It begins with one person doing a ten-note solo: pom pom pom pom pom pom pom pororom
- Then the whole crowd does an "olé" sort of cry.

Cheers!
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
Ah Ha! I'm glad you guys found this out! I had an argument with my wife about what they were doing/saying. I said that it sounded like Ole.....but she said no because it's in France, not Spain. Made fun of me too. By the way, she is from Colombia. Can't wait until tonight and I can rub it in! Of course, that might get me....in trouble.....
 

cucio

Legend
Ah Ha! I'm glad you guys found this out! I had an argument with my wife about what they were doing/saying. I said that it sounded like Ole.....but she said no because it's in France, not Spain. Made fun of me too. By the way, she is from Colombia. Can't wait until tonight and I can rub it in! Of course, that might get me....in trouble.....
Yes, no doubt whatsoever they say olé. So I guess it's the couch for you tonight, buster.

Bullfighting is not exclusive to Spain, it is pretty big in the south of France (and other countries like Portugal, Mexico or Colombia), Nimes being one of the most prestigious and largest bullrings in the world (16,300 seats).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_of_Nîmes
 
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cucio

Legend
Thanks so much! My friend and I were trying to get a source for the chant. Do the French substitute "Allez!" for "Ole!"?
It's possible, I suppose, it sounds close enough, but I would say no.

"Olé" is an interjection, so it is pretty international, and that pasodoble is from a Spanish composer so the tradition of chanting "Olé" after the cornet call has probably a Spanish origin.

But I am Spanish, maybe some Frenchie can weigh in. Veroniquem?
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
No we use Ole' in France as well............and as stated above Bullfighting has deep roots in France as well in the south and southwest part of the country.......especially in the strong Catalan part in the southwest.
Let's face it..the French have borrowed it from the Spaniards. I'm surprised the French Purity of language police haven't filed a complaint with Roland Garros.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
One of my fav things about the clay season, just heard it for the first time this year in Estoril, probably some Monfils fans :

Popopopopopo...polololo…Olé !
 
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