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France celebrate in Paris after World Cup win in Russian Federation

France celebrate in Paris after World Cup win in Russian Federation

The Arc de Triomphe is lit up with the colors of the French national flag and by fireworks set off by French soccer fans celebrating France's World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018.

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Hundreds of thousands of people packed the Champs Elysees in Paris as France's victorious football team paraded the World Cup.

Overall, some 292 people were arrested nationwide with 31 people, including eight minors, having their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.

The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed "Bercy les Bleus" as a tribute to the French football team.

While France manager Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as captain and manager, 19-year-old youngster Kylian Mbappe bagged the FIFA Young Player award. The French players treat him as a lucky charm and he rarely lets them down, doing the dirty work in front of the defence while others are able to showcase their skills further forward.

On a weekly basis from August onwards, we will gluttonously consume a diet of blockbuster football - the highest-paid elite performers starring in multi-million-dollar productions to dazzle viewers unable to avert their eyes, even if they broadly know where the script is heading.

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French President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field in Moscow, hugging players as they received their medals even as the heavens opened up and poured down on everyone, and congratulating the players again in the locker room.

Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and a coach, welcomed Didier Deschamps on Tuesday "to our club!" Fans were screaming and shouting with joy, heavy police force was deployed to control the large crowd that gathered to welcome and celebrate the victory.

The country of France had quite the weekend.

Fellow Parisian Florian Scaven only caught glimpses of the final from the maternity ward with his wife as she had a baby during the final. "We vibrated with the horns in the street. They were what people would call one of the "small sides", but they are "GIANTS" at heart, and we're happy to have had our brand associated with such an extraordinary team".

The victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news, and the magic provided a sense that a grand coming together might at least paper over political, economic and social fissures for a while.

Goffrey Hamsik said: "It represents enormous things".


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