World Cup winners head for the Élysée Palace

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2018

The team was honored with a parade along the Champs Elysees along with a special presidential ceremony.

Hundreds of fans waited at the airport to greet their heroes but there were tens of thousands more thronging the Champs-Elysées Avenue in western Paris to await the team's victory parade in an open top bus.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's final in Moscow, but with a team featuring a number of players of African heritage.

French soccer star Kylian Mbappé reportedly plans to donate all of his World Cup earnings to charity.

"Wow, it was completely insane!"

"The French team seems like the African team, in reality Africa won, the African immigrants who arrived in France", Maduro said at an event to celebrate police day in Venezuela on Monday.

As the players made their way down the boulevard towrds the Elysee Palace, fans roared in triump and nine jets from the Patrouille de France performed a fly-over trailing red, white, and blue smoke.

The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting.

Mr Macron once again posed with the victorious French team today as they were received by cheering crowds in Paris. "This team is lovely because you are united!"

The fun continued in the garden with chants led by midfielder Paul Pogba, and off-the-cuff songs.

"We have to ride this wave of optimism", she said before the final. Victor Hugo station was changed to "Victor Hugo Lloris" after the captain and goalkeeper.

Deschamps, who was soaked in champagne by his overjoyed players at a chaotic press conference Sunday, said afterwards that the win was "just as big and just as beautiful" as his 1998 triumph.

Pussy Riot pitch invader in World Cup final on her high five with French football superstar Kylian Mbappe. "We should be proud to be French", Griezmann said. "This cup weighs a lot". He has a very good (relationship) with children, he always finds the right (words) to encourage them.

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.

Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France's youth - like those in the poor suburbs where numerous players grew up - "to dare to believe in their dreams".

Penalty shoot-out victories over Denmark and Russian Federation followed in the last 16 and quarter-finals, respectively, before a 2-1 win against England in extra-time saw them reach their first ever World Cup final. Sixteen of the 23 French soccer players are from immigrant families.

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

While no serious incidents were reported, the festivities were nevertheless marred by an increase in arrests, road accidents and isolated clashes with police.

President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field and in the locker room with the players, and is hoping their victory gives him a boost, too.

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