Thousands of police deployed ahead of Champs Elysées parade
17 July, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Lula Armstrong
Hundreds of thousands of supporters came out to Paris' Champs Elysees on Monday to welcome home their victorious national football team one day after they won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
It is reported that more than 500 people were arrested during the evening after the win and around 100,000 police officers were out on the streets.
That will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace, with hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs known to the French players, like that of the poor suburb of Bondy, where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up.
One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an homage to the coach.
Striker Antoine Griezmann, whose fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018 came in the final, told fifa.com: 'We're so happy.
The boom of fireworks and firecrackers filled the air and vehicle drivers honked their horns incessantly to celebrate France's second world title after their triumph on home soil in 1998.
"That's not how you celebrate", a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.
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 honour for the day.
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.
From Nice and Marseille in the south to Lille in the north, Nantes in the west and scores of towns and cities in between, TV stations were full of images of red, white and blue clad fans singing and dancing in France's streets and squares.
French President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain.
Sporadic clashes between the police and hooligans, who were throwing tear gas grenades, also took place in Lyon.
Laurent Joffrin, editor of the leftwing Liberation newspaper, said they had lived up to the ideal of "the republic that we love: united and diverse, patriotic and open, national without being nationalist".
The country has been partying ever since their national team beat Croatia 4-2 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
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