French Fans Delirious As They Celebrate France’s World Cup Victory
Fireworks, fist pumps and, later, looting on the streets.
Raucous football fans showed a lot of emotion after France clinched its second World Cup victory, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow.
But scenes of joy soon turned to violence on the Champs Elysees in Paris where some fans looted stores and clashed with police.
Perhaps the best display of jubilation came from the French president himself, with Emmanuel Macron photographed throwing a fist pump in the press box at Luzhniki Stadium as the final whistle was blown.
Watching the game with his wife Brigitte, he then hugged the players, standing with them in the pouring rain.
In the French capital, 90,000 fans were stationed at the base of the Eiffel Tower to watch their team clinch victory.
Fireworks filled the air and drivers honked their horns incessantly as thousands donned in red, white and blue, streamed onto the Champs Elysee, mercilessly waving flags.
Elsewhere, bars and cafes in usually quiet boulevards came alive, with people spilling onto cobblestone streets.
North of the city, a deafening chorus of 'We are the champions' came from Sacre Coeur, while joyous fans celebrated in a similar fashion in Marseille, Lyon and Bordeaux, among other major cities.
Later, dozens of young fans were seen shattering windows of a shopfront on the Champs Elysees, according to a French journalist on the scene, as scenes of jubilation took a turn.
Meanwhile in Zagreb, fans were wrapped in national flags as they watched the final in the Croatian capital. While hearts were left shattered, many paid testament to their team’s fighting spirit throughout the tournament.