France fans pack Champs Elysees in Paris to get glimpse of World Cup winners

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Hundreds of thousands of people packed the Champs Elysees in Paris as France’s victorious football team paraded the World Cup.

As the side’s open-topped blue bus approached the famous avenue there was a constant roar of expectation from the crowd.

The intensity increased as the electric vehicle – with “champions” on the side in big letters – turned a corner by the Arc de Triomphe and came into view.

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France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final

Flags were waved and flares let off as the players held the famous trophy aloft, the nation celebrating its 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.

As the bus headed towards a reception at the Elysee Palace, nine jets from France’s acrobatic unit, the Patrouille de France, flew overhead, trailing blue, white and red smoke.

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Brigitte Macron and midfielder Paul Pogba hold the trophy

The players will receive the Legion of Honour for their “exceptional services” to the country, Emmanuel Macron’s office has said.

The president grinned broadly as the team arrived at his official residence to continue their celebrations.

“This team is beautiful because it was united,” Mr Macron told them.

“Don’t change,” he added. “Never forget where you come from.”

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President Emmanuel Macron will be awarding the players the Legion of Honour

Fans started to gather early on Monday morning.

“We’re so proud of this team, they have truly become our players,” said Priscilla Lagneaux, 28, who was waiting with friends.

“We had to see them – and also the cup.”

The Paris metro system has temporarily renamed six of its stations in honour of key players.

The Victor Hugo stop, for example – named after the famous 19th-century writer – has become Victor Hugo Lloris, after the team’s goalkeeper.

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The players parade the trophy as flares are let off

During celebrations on Sunday, two people died as millions took to the streets.

Around 30 people, many with their faces covered, broke the windows of a shop on the Champs Elysees, with some filming themselves on their phones, according to eyewitnesses.

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The Patrouille de France trailing blue, white and red smoke

It is the second World Cup trophy for France since the tournament was held in the nation back in 1998.

With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament.

The country’s golden generation includes Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and striker Kylian Mbappe, who is now a global superstar at the age of just 19.



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