Incredible pictures of the football World Cup celebrations in France
The French football team became World Champions on 15 July 2018 and the celebrations in France looked epic.
It’s fair to say a collective roar of triumph will have sounded across France when captain Hugo Lloris raised the gold cup above his and his teammates’ head after winning the World Cup final. The French football team beat Croatia 4-2 after a thrilling game held in Moscow on 15 July 2018, 20 years after Les Bleus became World Champions for the first time.
Back in France, fans erupted into celebrations that lasted well into the night and the next day all over the country. Around 90,000 people were in the official fan zone at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and an estimated one million people then converged onto the Champs-Elysées to celebrate France’s victory together. While some celebrations turned violent in the night, France’s victory undeniably brought the whole nation together.
Here are some of our favourite pictures of the celebrations
The Bleus finally came home to France on 16 July and paraded on the Champs-Elysées in an open-top electric bus as a huge crowd cheered and thanked them. They were then greeted by the President during a ceremony at the Elysée palace and will be given the Legion d’Honneur medal. (Complete France)