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Two France fans dead following wild World Cup celebrations overnight

Two France fans dead following wild World Cup celebrations overnight”

The French team is being recognised as one of the most multicultural teams in the competition - 15 out of the 23 players in the national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa, mainly from French colonies.

The team's appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace. Here, we are all united.

But that will not be the only tribute, as the office of Macron said on Monday that France's players will all be awarded the Legion of Honour, the highest recognition for "exceptional service" to the country.

"Thank you Croatia, thank you Zagreb!" captain Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball after being voted the best player of the World Cup, told the crowd after the team finally arrived at the central square in the evening.

Several Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted.

The 49-year-old is just the third man - after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer - to win the competition as a player and coach.

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

Almost 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe. They also crashed a news briefing with coach Deschamps. "All we want is a wave from the players". "I don't regret not going on vacation this summer".

One picture of Macron in particular is making the rounds online.

Afterwards guests will be treated to the beats of DJ Snake, who has worked with pop stars including Lady Gaga and is part of the Pardon My French collective of French DJs.

The team is due to return home later this afternoon after a night of celebrations in Moscow.

Macron will be relieved that an evening of joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across France passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed almost 250 lives.

There were 292 people arrested nationwide and isolated clashes between police and rowdy crowds in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle with thousands gathering along the iconic avenue in the French capital.

"History Made", said the sports newspaper L'Equipe.



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