2 die in France during World Cup celebrations

France: Night of Violence, Riots and Looting After World Cup Win

The France team set off from their Istra base in Russian Federation on Monday morning and were greeted by swathes of fans at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport upon landing - coach Didier Deschamps and bleary-eyed captain Hugo Lloris appearing first from the aircraft with the famous trophy.

After leaving the Champs-Elysees, the players quickly changed into custom-made blue suits before being welcomed at the Elysee Palace by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, who were also decked out in blue for the occasion. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited.

France has been short of reasons to feel proud, and now is the moment.

"France was not my team, but I am so pleased for them today", said Sarah, a 24-year-old from Birmingham in England, who is studying medicine in Paris.

Both started as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and a Mario Mandzukic own goal.

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

The French were handed a gauntlet run of juggernaut knockout opponents but Les Bleus dug deep and ground out victories over Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium to set-up a final showdown against Croatia on Sunday, July 15.

In some small way, the World Cup has helped lift the nation as it remains wary of the threat.

"With France passing all these laws against Islamic practices, let's not forget it's these same Muslims players who helped win #WorldCup2018", one Twitter user wrote.

France first won the World Cup in 1998 - which they hosted - by beating Brazil in the final.

Joy over the victory brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, with young people in cars still singing and shouting in celebration.

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

"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.

"MERCI" he wrote in a one-word tweet after the match, which gave France its second World Cup victory and sparked euphoric street parties across the country.

Waving French flags and chanting "We are the champions", supporters united in a party atmosphere throughout the night.

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