"Here's a cute French song we learned as kids - many years ago. It's a great one to teach the days of the week to children. Great with gestures. Children shake each other's hands, etc." -Therese Siemers

This is a well-known folk song from the second half of the 19th century that's mostly sung by children. It refers Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie and the Imperial Prince.


"Pour me serrer la pince" is an old French expression meaning "to shake my hand". Pince is a slang word for "hand". But it's only used nowadays in the phrase "serrer la pince", to shake hands.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Therese Siemers for sharing this song with the translation.

Merci beaucoup!