But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.
From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.
Samuel Umtiti of France celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
"I'm pleased for him".
Belgium is tournament's top scorer so far with 14 goals.
"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there".
"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference.
Final: France 1, Belgium 0.
On Tuesday, he will attempt to guide Belgium to a first World Cup final in the nation's history at the expense of Les Bleus. Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams.
"We know there are going to be hard moments and we'll have to be ready to suffer". "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win". We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have.
"It's peculiar because there are many players on my team who will be facing their own club team mates".
The last time a Belgium team got this far at the World Cup, it lost 2-0 to Argentina at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.
France opened the second half with intent.
Kompany, an injury-prone 32-year-old who may well have played his last World Cup in Russian Federation, believes that, despite the loss, the class of 2018 has done his nation a favor. Toppling a top team in a competitive clash will have done wonders for the players confidence, while the supporters can now start to believe that the Golden Generation can go on and win the golden trophy. "He will be with the Belgians and do everything to help his team".
"We can not follow the path of another Belgian generation who won a World Cup". "From tournament to tournament, that's the drive and the ambition".
His predecessor, Marc Wilmots, recalled putting De Bruyne up against Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov in a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.