Les Bleus touch down in Paris for victory parade

Hundreds of thousands of supporters came out to Paris' Champs Elysees on Monday to welcome home their victorious national football team one day after they won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Millions of fans in France celebrated into the night, honking vehicle horns and flying the tricolour flag while the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe were lit up in the national colours of blue, white and red.

In Paris, the metro system temporarily renamed six of its stations in honour of the key players, with the Victor Hugo stop - named after the famed 19th-century writer - becoming Victor Hugo Lloris after the team's goalkeeper.

After the parade, a lavish reception has been planned for the world champions at the presidential palace.

Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after in the second half all but secured a second World Cup trophy for the French despite Croatia's best efforts to launch a comeback courtesy of a Hugo Lloris howler allowing Mandzukic to poke in from close range.

French World Cup winning footballers have been sharing their own footage on social media of their open top bus victory parade in Paris.

"We are linked for life now with this Cup", defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV before departing from Moscow, evoking the theme of unity French partiers have consistently evoked.

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

It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The French, though, are more enamored of the players and of their coach, Didier Deschamps.

The victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news, and the magic provided a sense that a grand coming together might at least paper over political, economic and social fissures for a while.

Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday (NZT Monday) was no exception.

Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the post-game site for revellers.

The festive weekend, which saw France celebrate both Bastille Day and the World Cup final, was marred by an increase in accidents and isolated clashes with police. Authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.

In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the national soccer team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.

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