President Macron dabs with French players


Thousands of police were deployed across the city of Paris in the case of France winning their first World Cup in 20 years.

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes on the Champs Elysees.

Captain Hugo Lloris led the celebrations on the fabled boulevard after touching down back in the French capital around 5pm local time, with the squad invited to a special reception by President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee. One looter can be seen walking out of the shop with a scooter.

Laurent Joffrin, editor of the leftwing Liberation newspaper, said they had lived up to the ideal of "the republic that we love: united and diverse, patriotic and open, national without being nationalist".

Enroute to their airport a topless Mendy was still sporting his World Cup winner's medal, while taking the opportunity to grab a cheeky snap of sleeping team-mate Raphael Varane - labelling the defender 'Mr Champion'.

France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup soccer final on Sunday.

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.

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Former president Jacques Chirac saw his polling numbers bounce in 1998 when France last won the World Cup even though the ageing Gaullist took little interest in football and barely knew the names of the players.

In the eastern Paris neighbourhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, "Both teams deserved to win".

The win "shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France", said Omar Bzi.

"It represents enormous things", said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster - the French national symbol - and a shirt with Mbappe's No. 10 number.

At one end of that avenue another subway stop called "Charles de Gaulle - Etoile" is being renamed "On a 2 Étoiles", replacing the wartime leader with the boast "We have two stars", one for each World Cup win. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".

Police fired tear gas to disperse the youth, who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire.

French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.