France erupted today as their national team triumphed over Croatia in the World Cup final is Moscow.
Fans in Russia and at home waved the French tricolor and cheered as their team swept to victory with a resounding 4-2 win at the Luzhniki stadium.
A jubilant French President Emmanuel Macron celebrated wildly with his wife Brigitte while Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin watched on at the final game of the 2018 tournament.
Triumph: 90,000 people gathered next to the Eiffel tower to watch the match on vast TV screens
French fans on the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower watch their team’s triumph against Croatia in the World Cup final
French fans celebrate their side’s victory in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday
France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air by his players after becoming just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.
In Paris, where 90,000 people gathered next to the Eiffel tower to watch the match on vast TV screens, there were choruses of the Marseillaise, honking horns and hundreds of thousands of red, white and blue French flags fluttering in the breeze.
The boom of fireworks and firecrackers filled the air and car drivers honked their horns incessantly to celebrate France’s second world title after their triumph on home soil in 1998.
A deafening chorus of ‘We are the champions, We are the champions’ rang out from the Sacre Coeur in the north of the city to the Sorbonne on the Left Bank.
Even before the final whistle, crowds streamed on to the Champs Elysees, the elegant, tree-lined boulevard that runs up to the Arc de Triomphe, the traditional gathering place for celebration, including the Bastille Day parade 24 hours earlier.
‘It’s just astonishing what they’ve done,’ said Josh, 41, who travelled from Brittany to Paris to watch the match. ‘Pogba, Mbappe, Grizou (Griezmann). They’re on top of the world,’ he said, naming three of the standout players.
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates wildly after France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup final
French fans watching the game near the Champs-Elysees in Paris celebrate victory
French fans watching the game at the Champs de Mars in Paris celebrate after their side’s 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow
‘We’re the champions of the world! It’s phenomenal, just phenomenal.’
Even football fans who were not rooting for France but found themselves in the French capital for the game were overcome by the occasion and the amazing scenes of celebration.
‘France was not my team but I am so pleased for them today,’ said Sarah, a 24-year-old from Birmingham in England who is studying medicine in Paris.
‘The players just showed something special all along, something that I liked, and I was not sure they would win today but they did. A lot of people are going to be drunk, if not already.’
French fans watch the game under the Eiffel Tower in Paris as their side won a second World Cup title with victory over Croatia
France fans celebrate in Paris as they watch their side claim a second World Cup title with a win over Croatia in Moscow
Paris erupts as French fans celebrate their side’s World Cup triumph on the Champs-Elysees in the city centre today
French television channels showed scenes of celebration in Marseille and across the south of France while in Moscow, where tens of thousands of fans travelled to watch the game, together with President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, there were tears of joy among the sea of red, white and blue.
While the French celebrated, Croats in Russia and at home contemplated their loss.
Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after the national team’s first World Cup final ended in disappointment.
Their entry into the World Cup final in Russia brought the country of 4 million people to a standstill as officials and the media described the event as the biggest in Croatia’s sports history.
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kisses the World Cup trophy as France players celebrate their dramatic win over Croatia
Fans wave their flags near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as they watch their side win a second World Cup with a win over Croatia
French fans carry flags and baguettes as they watch their side take on Croatia in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium today
French fans cheer in the stadium as they watched their side win the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow
French fans watching a live screening of the game in Marseille celebrate one of their team’s goals against Croatia today
Fans in the capital Zagreb had crammed into squares and streets and were full of hope and cheering until the last moment.
As the game ended they couldn’t hide sadness but many said they were happy at what Croatia has achieved.
Aleksandar Todorovic says ‘Of course I am sad. I could see them lift the trophy, but this is really fantastic.’