Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Triumphant France parade Fifa World Cup trophy down Champs Elysees

Triumphant France parade Fifa World Cup trophy down Champs Elysees

Hundreds of thousands of supporters came out to Paris' Champs Elysees on Monday to welcome home their victorious national football team one day after they won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 2 km Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the vast Place de la Concorde turned into a heaving sea of people on Sunday night, waving red, white and blue flags, setting off firecrackers and blowing horns until early morning.

Almost 3,000 people were invited to the reception, including 1,000 youths from football clubs around the country such as Bondy, the Paris suburb where Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old victor of the Young Player of the tournament award, got his start.

One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an homage to the coach. "This is a miraculous success for Croatia and we should be very, very happy".

France's World Cup win comes a year after far-right leader Marine Le Pen reached the run-off stage in the French presidential election.

Last night, police in Paris fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil the celebrations.

The French president and his wife Brigitte Macron, who watched the world cup final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, will hold a reception ceremony in honour of the team in the gardens of their residence.

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"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said, recalling deadly terror attacks.

A crowd of unruly revelers broke into a scooter shop in Paris amidst celebrations of the French national team's victory in the World Cup Final.

Some 4,000 police and security forces were deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, with a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access set up around the Champs Elysees.

Even football fans who were not rooting for France, but found themselves in the French capital for the game were overcome by the occasion and the wonderful scenes of celebration.

In an outburst of national pride, Croatia on Monday threw out a red carpet and staged a heroes' welcome for the country's national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so handsome. What more can we ask of in a World Cup final?

Didier Deschamps' side won their second World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow.

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