'Les Bleus' come home after World Cup win


They sang the French national anthem, set off firecrackers and sounded horns until the sun rose. "We are happy", he said. The inscription at the front read: "Fiery heart, the pride of Croatia!" in reference to the name "The Fiery" as the team is dubbed at home.

However, France's second World Cup win after the 1998 victory on home soil has not lifted Macron's popularity, despite pictures of the 40-year old punching the air in celebration of the team's prowess on the pitch going viral on social media.

The Didier Deschamps managed side secured an exhilarating 4-2 victory over Croatia, prompting an outpouring of joy across France.

Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal's on Sunday (Monday NZT), told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply. I am so proud of the players, technical staff, medical stuff.

Overall, some 292 people were arrested nationwide with 31 people, including eight minors, having their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.

His national team coaching career included a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Germany at the 2014 World Cup and a 1-0 defeat to underdog Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

France's Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris, French president Emmanuel Macron, France's Paul Pogba, Benjamin Pavard and other teammates at a reception for the French national football team after they won the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Newspapers printed celebratory stories about France's second World Cup title. Members of the club he grew up with in suburban Bondy attended the party. "This team is attractive because you are united!"

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Addressing the team, Mr Macron offered advice.

But he added: "You should never give up, never stop believing".

Team captain Hugo Lloris was first off the plane brandishing the trophy and greeted by airport staff before a team photo on the tarmac.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can't imagine the euphoria will ever fade.

The team appeared elated, too, during its victory lap on the bus. Some members threw their scarves into the wild crowd.

Notre-Dame des Champs has become "Notre Didier Deschamps", while Champs-Elysees- Clemenceau has been changed to "Deschamps Elysees-Clemenceau" - both stations pay tribute to the team's coach Didier Deschamps, who was also a midfielder in the 1998 side. The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris.

The World Cup winners will receive the country's highest accolade, the Légion d'Honneur, the French presidency has announced.