France's World Cup winners given heroes' welcome in Paris

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The first came back in 1998 - Didier Deschamps, who is now the head coach, was a squad player at the time.

The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed "Bercy les Bleus" as a tribute to the French football team.

Their second place finish in Russian Federation was Croatia's best at the FIFA World Cup, after an initial third-place finish at the 1998 edition in France. Before the team's win in 1998 the far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen had criticised some of its players including Zinedine Zidane, who has Algerian heritage.

Mbappé won the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award - standing out head and shoulders above other potential candidates - having scored four goals in the tournament as he helped his side become world champions by defeating Croatia on Sunday.


"Eternal Happiness" read Monday's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months _ even years.

Teenage World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe is giving his bonus to an association that puts sports in the lives of hospitalized children.

Just nine players of the World Cup-winning squad were at Euro 2016, although there were just five changes comparing the starting line-ups from the two finals.

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.


More than 272 million people on the photo-sharing app interacted with World Cup-related content during the tournament in Russian Federation, with more than 3.2 billion interactions.

"I had an huge privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago and it was in France, so it will be marked in my memory forever, but what the players did together today is just as handsome", he said.

But eventually the French players - who had remained silent, perhaps bemused by the row, felt compelled to speak out.

While they may have taken second place on the home consoles, it is here that Brazil shined the brightest with 10 million World Cup wins. Broken shop windows and signs of looting lined a section of the Champs-Elysees.


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