Millions of French soccer fans were delirious with joy on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win soccer's World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow that sparked ecstatic scenes from Paris to Marseille and beyond.
Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the post-game site for revelers.
Their destination was the Elysee Palace, where they met with president Emmanuel Macron, who himself was joining in with the team's celebrations in Russian Federation the night before. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honour national team coach Didier Deschamps.
It has been 20 years since France won the World Cup.
Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.
That effort wasn't enough to prevent France from adding to their 1998 triumph, with coach Didier Deschamps becoming the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach.
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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.
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 unbelievable scenes of celebration.
"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said, recalling deadly terror attacks.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire, with the unrest causing some stampeding. "I could see them lift the trophy, but this is really fantastic", Aleksandar Todorovic said. There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so attractive.
Revellers set off smoke bombs in the national colours - blue, white and red - obscuring Napoleon's triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers.
'That's not how you celebrate, ' a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.
France overcame a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday's final in Russian Federation, with teenager Kylian Mbappe applying the coup de grace and cementing his place as a new global superstar at the age of just 19.