Two France fans dead following wild World Cup celebrations overnight

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

Les Blues claimed the country's second World Cup with a 4-2 win over Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, adding to the maiden win at their home tournament at France 98.

Traffic around the Champs Elysées area was blocked, with police patting down people to check for weapons.

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.

The team is due to return home later this afternoon after a night of celebrations in Moscow. "This is a miraculous success for Croatia and we should be very, very happy".

As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France's two World Cup titles.

French police responded using tear gas and water canons to disperse violent fans.

Very few attacking players truly announced themselves in France's first game one month ago, and the country was aching for a new soccer hero to announce himself.

The Eiffel Tower
The win sparked scenes not scene on Paris’ streets since the 1998 World Cup triumph

Celebrations in Paris and other cities in France after the French football team won the World Cup title in Russian Federation turned into riots and clashes with the police.

Violence involving fans and police also broke out as the celebrations turned ugly - with reports of riots and looting.

Reuters reported millions of French fans had spilled into the streets in joy late on Sunday local time, but some had clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees.

Speaking on Europe1, the minister said that the demographics of France's national team, with the majority of its players from an African background, "highlights good news" that "we don't often recognise". There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so handsome. "We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years".

Tens of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white colours and waving Croatian flags poured into the streets in of the capital Zagreb to greet the players.

France overcame a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday's final in Russian Federation, with teenager Kylian Mbappe applying the coup de grace and cementing his place as a new global superstar at the age of just 19.


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