Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

French Celebrations Turn Sour As Fans Loot And Clash With Police

French Celebrations Turn Sour As Fans Loot And Clash With Police

Hours before the World Cup final, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer asserted that France "has much more national cohesion than we would admit", predicting that victory at the tournament will allow the nation to show "we are a great country that can unite under great circumstances".

France has suffered years of tension and self-examination since a series of attacks by Islamist gunmen during 2015 that left more than 140 dead, including 89 killed in the Bataclan theater in Paris. "That will do us good for some months".

Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in insane hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.

People climbed on newspaper kiosks and bus stops in the area to wave flags while the Marseillaise national anthem rang out and cars honked their horns following the final whistle. A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.

The CRS riot police were called upon to keep crowds in check.

Violence involving fans and police also broke out as the celebrations turned ugly - with reports of riots and looting.

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

"We say it so little".

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"We're not still celebrating "Black-Blanc-Beur", we're celebrating brotherhood", he said of the current team.

"We're not in 1998", said Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state for digital affairs, whose parents emigrated from Morocco.

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"What we're seeing is magic, exceptional".

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a reception ceremony on Monday for the national football team at his Elysee Palace official residence to celebrate their victory against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The success has been the described as the biggest in Croatia's sporting history, boosting national pride and sense of unity in the country that fought a war to become independent from the former Yugoslavia in 1990s'.

"It certainly is a party that I have never experienced", she said.

French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.

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