Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

French fans give hero welcome to

France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday. "Eternal Happiness" read Monday's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months _ even years.

The Champs-Elysees was lined with Parisians waving tricolour flags amid a carnival atmosphere following France's 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Almost 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe.

Mr Macron told the victorious team: "Thank you for having made us proud". "Les Bleus" won the title 20 years after another multi-ethnic French squad won the country's first cup. Notre-Dame des Champs station was relabelled "Notre Didier Deschamps", and Victor Hugo was switched to "Victor Hugo Lloris" after the captain and goalkeeper.

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The footballers did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with "World Champions" emblazoned on its side.

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Nonetheless, the victory is good news for the French president, Sliman said, boosting morale ahead of belt-tightening measures expected in September's budget bill.

The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed "Bercy les Bleus" as a tribute to the French football team. Here, we are all united.

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Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among still-dazed French players themselves. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good". Police responded with water cannon and tear gas.

Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were marred by violence.

French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.

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