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France Celebrates World Cup Win, Fans Go Berserk in Paris

Football | Associated Press | July 16, 2018, 12:17 pm
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 It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. (Image: Reuters)

It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. (Image: Reuters)

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 France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees Avenue after France won the Soccer World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees Avenue after France won the Soccer World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

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 Blue, White, and Red lights and two World Cup stars are projected on the Eiffel Tower after France won the Soccer World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

Blue, White, and Red lights and two World Cup stars are projected on the Eiffel Tower after France won the Soccer World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

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"It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fans show No.10 t-shirt of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. (Image: Reuters)

Fans show No.10 t-shirt of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. (Image: Reuters)

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 The name of French soccer player Antoine Griezmann is projected onto the Arc de Triomphe as soccer fans invade the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia on July 15, 2018, in Paris. (Image: AP)

The name of French soccer player Antoine Griezmann is projected onto the Arc de Triomphe as soccer fans invade the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia on July 15, 2018, in Paris. (Image: AP)

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"We've had lots of problems in France these past years," he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. "This is good for the morale ... Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good." (Image: Reuters)

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 Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. (Image: Reuters)

Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. (Image: Reuters)

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 Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. (Image: Reuters)

Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fans set off smoke bombs in the national colours — blue, white and red — while celebrating the World Cup win. (Image: Reuters)

Fans set off smoke bombs in the national colours — blue, white and red — while celebrating the World Cup win. (Image: Reuters)

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 A fan holds up an old newspaper during the match. (Image: Reuters)

A fan holds up an old newspaper during the match. (Image: Reuters)

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 France fans react on the Champs-Elysees avenue after they defeated Croatia in their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees avenue after they defeated Croatia in their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

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 France fans at a fan zone react after defeating Croatia in the World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

France fans at a fan zone react after defeating Croatia in the World Cup final. (Image: Reuters)

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 France fans react on the Champs-Elysees avenue near the Arc de Triomphe after they defeated Croatia in their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees avenue near the Arc de Triomphe after they defeated Croatia in their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

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 A France fan celebrate in a fountain after defeating Croatia in their World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

A France fan celebrate in a fountain after defeating Croatia in their World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

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 France fans react after winning their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

France fans react after winning their Soccer World Cup final match. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fans play in a puddle after heavy rain following the game. (Image: Reuters)

Fans play in a puddle after heavy rain following the game. (Image: Reuters)

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