Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Party begins as delirious French revel in victory

Party begins as delirious French revel in victory

Beyonce and Jay-Z are just two of the millions of people under a massive security umbrella this weekend in France that will peak with the World Cup final.

Hema Paupiah, a French-speaker from Mauritius, said she blown away by the energy in the room.

A resisting man is detained by police outside Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.

France and Croatia fans play a friendly match at the Red Square in Moscow on July 14, 2018 on the eve of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia.French forces will particularly seek to protect the "fan zones" where soccer supporters will gather Sunday.

A parade down the Champs Elysees is scheduled for 1530 GMT, and there will be a formal victory reception with Macron at the Elysee Palace at 1630 GMT.

"We're happy. It took 20 years". It's the pride of the nation.

A Paris police source said: 'Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse.

The scenes were not all that different in Zagreb, Croatia, if a bit less rowdy as the euphoria of making the final gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatian fans.

Fans in the capital, many wearing the team's red-and-white checked shirts or wrapped in national flags, crammed into squares and streets and were full of hope and cheers until the last moment.

"Of course I am sad. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?"

The 40-year-old centrist had an eventful evening in Moscow where he was pictured wildly celebrating each of the goals, was drenched in a downpour during the trophy presentation and then became a social media sensation.

This morning's win sees France win football's biggest prize for the first time since 1998.

Gaspard De-Abreau, a 42-year-old from Chateau-Thierry, said his predictions of a French victory were spot on.

La Croix went for a similar pictur, but at a different angle, with Mbappe the most prominent member of the France squad on the front page, under the headline "On top of the world". "This is the best ever we did".

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