2 dead as France World Cup victory celebrations take violent turn


Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer's eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The French president and his wife Brigitte Macron, who watched the world cup final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, will hold a reception ceremony in honour of the team in the gardens of their residence.

The diverse origins of France's players attracted appreciation during the month-long World Cup.

More than 300,000 people filled the Champs Elysees, the area around the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde on Sunday night, partying into the early hours, singing the Marseillaise, setting off firecrackers and blaring horns until the sun rose.

After the open top bus tour the players were set to join President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysées Palace for a garden party along with thousands of young guests, many of them member of youth football clubs around Paris.

"Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice", one user wrote.

Many predict he will go on to win the Ballon d'Or - following in the footsteps of 1998 hero Zinedine Zidane.

"We had to see them - and also the cup".

France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia
France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia

With the golden World Cup trophy in hand, France's victorious national team is returning home to a grand "Merci!" from a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.

Photographers captured French President Emmanuel Macron erupting in absolute glee celebrating his team's victory.

Kante was rated the lowest Frenchman and joint-lowest player on the pitch by the French publication with a score of just 3/10 alongside Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who conceded four goals - two of which he could have arguably done better.

"Finally, Africa wins its first World Cup but in French colours lol", Oliseh tweeted.

Mendy says to Macron, "The dab!" he adds, as Macron obliges with two attempts at the movement popularised by American football player Cam Newton. We merit it. I am very happy for this team.

"Now we need to feel the moment in full".

Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the post-game site for revelers.