Lily Allen arrives in Paris amid ongoing Rule, Britannia! controversy 

Lily Allen emerged in Paris on Wednesday, in her first public outing since she called for patriotic anthem Rule, Britannia! to be banned. 

The Smile songstress, 34, cut a casual figure while bundled up in a tracksuit as she puffed a cigarette outside Gare du Nord station while also toting a £7400 Chanel bag ahead of launching the French version of her autobiography. 

Hours before, she under fire from fans after hitting out at patriotic song just hours after Remembrance Day and insisted the nation ban the song. 

Oops: Lily Allen emerged in Paris on Wednesday, in her first public outing since she called for patriotic anthem Rule, Britannia! to be banned

Oops: Lily Allen emerged in Paris on Wednesday, in her first public outing since she called for patriotic anthem Rule, Britannia! to be banned

Lily was shirking the controversy as she arrived in Paris in her rather bizarre ensemble, with her hood pulled low on her face and sunglasses. 

She was clutching her pack of cigarettes while puffing away and holding on to her incredibly chic shearling and lambskin tote with kooky yellow lettering.

She took to Instagram to reveal she was in Paris to promote the French version of her autobiography, My Thoughts Exactly.  

The Rule, Britannia! controversy kicked off on Tuesday, when Lily shared a post on Instagram about banning the song shortly before speaking a media storm.  

Wow! She was clutching her pack of cigarettes while puffing away and holding on to her incredibly chic shearling and lambskin tote with kooky yellow lettering

Wow! She was clutching her pack of cigarettes while puffing away and holding on to her incredibly chic shearling and lambskin tote with kooky yellow lettering

Puffing away: Lily was shirking the controversy as she arrived in Paris in her rather bizarre ensemble, with her hood pulled low on her face and sunglasses

Puffing away: Lily was shirking the controversy as she arrived in Paris in her rather bizarre ensemble, with her hood pulled low on her face and sunglasses

Launch: She revealed she is launching her book in French

Launch: She revealed she is launching her book in French 

After posting an article about her critique on Instagram, she was soon flooded with comments from fans – one of whom stated: ‘Shame on her and her inflated ego!’ while another stated: ‘Do you propose we sing Smile instead?’  

Rule, Britannia! is a British anthem, written in 1740, originating from the poem of the same name by James Thomson, and set to music by Thomas Arne, but in recent years the lyrics have sparked controversy. 

She took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her thoughts with her 1.3million followers, having frequently used her music and social media platforms to voice her political views – including her 2009 song F**k You. 

The musician appeared riled by the lyrics as she shared a message, reading: ‘I think we should not read this song anymore’. 

Hmm... Her post came in the wake of Sunday's Remembrance Day service and Monday's Remembrance Day (Queen Elizabeth, pictured at Sunday's ceremony)

Hmm… Her post came in the wake of Sunday’s Remembrance Day service and Monday’s Remembrance Day (Queen Elizabeth, pictured at Sunday’s ceremony)

A vision: The Rule, Britannia! controversy kicked off on Tuesday, when Lily shared a post on Instagram about banning the song shortly before speaking a media storm

A vision: The Rule, Britannia! controversy kicked off on Tuesday, when Lily shared a post on Instagram about banning the song shortly before speaking a media storm

Oh no: Rule, Britannia! is a British anthem, written in 1740, originating from the poem of the same name by James Thomson, and set to music by Thomas Arne, but in recent years the lyrics have sparked controversy

Oh no: Rule, Britannia! is a British anthem, written in 1740, originating from the poem of the same name by James Thomson, and set to music by Thomas Arne, but in recent years the lyrics have sparked controversy

She then uploaded a post with lyrics attached while voicing her shock, as she posted the message reading: ‘Sorry what? Britannia rule the waves… 

‘Britons never, never, never shall be slaves. The nations, not so blest as thee, Must in their turn, to tyrants fall, 

‘While thous shalt flourish, shalt flourish great and free. The dread and envy of them all’, before posting a full shot of the lyrics. 

One enraged fan wrote: ‘If it wasn’t for the brave men and women of that generation we would be German talking slaves… most of us wouldn’t be here now talking so freely without the horrible things that go on the world to assure our freedom…. 

Stop! She has been criticised for her behaviour in calling for the end of the song

Stop! She has been criticised for her behaviour in calling for the end of the song

Stop: On Tuesday, Lily appeared riled by the patriotic song as she shared a message reading: 'I think we should not read this song anymore'

Stop: On Tuesday, Lily appeared riled by the patriotic song as she shared a message reading: ‘I think we should not read this song anymore’

Oh dear: She pushed her point further by sharing a screenshot of the lyrics

Oh dear: She pushed her point further by sharing a screenshot of the lyrics

‘all this soft attitude will be irrelevant if a world war kicked off again, you’d all be depending the the people willing to do the dirt so you all can sit back and cry about pointless things… on another note have we left the eu yet’.

Seemingly attempting to provoke the follower, Lily responded: ‘Which generation are we talking about?’, before a fan responded: ‘any and every generation that’s fought a war… it’s Remembrance Day for all those that have served’.

Another fan suggested the country should sing Lily’s 2006 track Smile instead of Rule, Britannia!, as she said: ‘What do you propose we sing instead ? Smile’, to which Lily responded: ‘could be good’. 

The Remembrance Day ceremony starts annually at 10:36am with a programme of music known as The Traditional Music, which always starts with Rule, Britannia. 

The order of music in the service has remained largely unchanged since 1930.

Light me up! She borrowed a lighter from a passerby

Light me up! She borrowed a lighter from a passerby 

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