Les Bleus touch down in Paris for victory parade

Carrie Guzman
July 19, 2018

The two stars refers to the badge on the team shirt marking two World Cup victories, and a long queue formed outside a sports shop in central Paris on Monday as supporters tried to buy the updated national jersey.

After winning the World Cup final over Croatia 4-2, France coach Didier Deschamps was busy fielding questions about the winning team at a post-championship press conference when the team got a little raucous.

Numerous invited clubs are based in the poor neighborhoods French that produced the players who made up France's youthful, diverse World Cup team, including 19-year-old breakout star Kylian Mbappe.

Several metro stations around the city have been temporarily renamed after France's heroes, with their coach securing arguably the biggest coup with the Champs-Elysees stop renamed Deschamps-Elysees.

No date has yet been set for the ceremony to hand over France's highest award.

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

Croatia achieved their first ever final appearance with a 2-1 extra time victory over England in the semifinal match, which was watched by 1.538 million viewers on national broadcaster HTV2.

Raphael Varane has now won the Champions League and World Cup in the same summer, having scooped Europe's top club prize with Real Madrid in May.

"But when we won, they congratulated me and we celebrated together", said Clementine Pascal, an intern who hails from Quimper in France. Authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.

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