French fans give hero welcome to 'Les Bleus' World Cup champions

France: Night of Violence, Riots and Looting After World Cup Win

France World Cup-winning squad to be awarded Legion of Honour

France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow marked the second time in 20 years that France won the World Cup, and came at a time when the country was hungry for a cause to celebrate.

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.

But when one did, bang - a player hailed as the new Pelé, the former three-time World Cup victor with Brazil, had arrived.

Over in Moscow, French President Emmanuel Macron was pictured celebrating the win.

France coach Didier Deschamps was full of praise for his team despite signs of nerves at the start of the game and several missed opportunities during it.

"We're not in 1998", said Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state for digital affairs, whose parents emigrated from Morocco.

Over 3,000 people are reported to be attending Macron's reception for the World Cup winners, including an estimated 1,000 youth players from football clubs across France.

Fifteen members of France's 23-man squad are of African descent, prompting goalscorer Antoine Griezmann to say: "That's the France we love".

France's World Cup winning heroes have departed Russian Federation and headed for home, in time for as planned victory parade in Paris which is poised to bring out thousands onto the streets of the capital. They also crashed a news briefing with coach Deschamps.

The festive weekend, which saw France celebrate both Bastille Day and the World Cup final, was marred by an increase in accidents and isolated clashes with police. There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so handsome.

As France won the FIFA World Cup on July 15, jubilant fans thronged the streets in Paris cheering, dancing, rioting.

Police forces fired tear gas as scuffles and pockets of looting broke out on the Champs-Élysées where a million people partied into the night.

The joyful crowd crammed the city's central square or lined up along the route where the players were set to pass in an open bus.

The problem arose when large amounts of fans gathered at the store trying to purchase France's new shirts that feature two stars, signifying the country's two World Cup championships.

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