Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

Thousands gathered along the Champs Elysees in the French capital Paris as the victory played out in Moscow.

Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer's eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

As "Les Bleus" headed home with the World Cup trophy on Monday, the French capital's RATP transport authority said it was renaming six metro subway stations in their honor for the day.

French fighter jets flew over the famous avenue displaying the tricolour, and President Macron embraced the players once more as he had done at the Luzhniki on Sunday.

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Notre-Dame des Champs has become "Notre Didier Deschamps", while Champs-Elysees- Clemenceau has been changed to "Deschamps Elysees-Clemenceau" - both stations pay tribute to the team's coach Didier Deschamps, who was also a midfielder in the 1998 side.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France vs Croatia - Paris, France, July 15, 2018 - Blue, White, and Red lights and two World Cup stars are projected on the Eiffel Tower after France won the Soccer World Cup final.

The performance of sides like Croatia, Belgium, Sweden, Uruguay and Russian Federation and the rise of others like Japan, Senegal and South Korea made this a most entertaining, suspenseful and globalised World Cup.

The members of France's victorious World Cup team returned home from Russian Federation to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome Monday, and that was before the formal homage that awaited them in Paris. Before the Chinese wouldn't have been bothered who won, but now they want to know. We feel so proud, and we just want one thing: to go and celebrate this with the people of France'.

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Some analysts believe the 40-year-old centrist will benefit from the feelgood factor sweeping France, with Macron able to show a common touch after months of criticism from his opponents that he is distant and elitist.

It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination.

Later the team will attend a dinner in their honour at the posh Hotel du Crillon.

In 2016 a year after the deadly Paris attack, ex-France footballer Louis Saha said France was lagging behind other countries in tackling racism.

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The members of France's victorious World Cup team have returned home from Russian Federation to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome. "Thank you, heroes! - You gave us everything!" read the Sportske Novosti front page. Bourassi said sports is a "catalyst to bring people and nations together".

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