French World Cup victors to get Legion of Honour

Tyler Owen
July 19, 2018

France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their second World Cup trophy. having won their first in 1998.

France has been celebrating its second football World Cup victory with a big welcome for the returning team.

The French president went down to the field to greet Les Bleus in the rain after they won.

Even on the eve of the final former Croatian player Igor Stimac said the country's team were up against "the republic of France and the African continent".

Nonetheless, the victory is good news for the French president, Sliman said, boosting morale ahead of belt-tightening measures expected in September's budget bill.

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"It's a band of extremists who are taking over power in the most important countries of the so-called developed world ... which, like Hitler, creates the supremacy of the white European race over the rest of the peoples of the world", he continued.

The Champs-Elysees was lined with Parisians waving tricolour flags amid a carnival atmosphere following France's 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

"Proud to be blue" were the words emblazoned across the Arc de Triomphe following Sunday's final win. Out of 23 players, the team consists of a total of 15 players that are of African descent.

Widely shared footage posted on Twitter later showed him with French defender Benjamin Mendy and star midfielder Paul Pogba in the changing room attempting to "dab" - a craze thought to have been started by Atlanta rappers.

Mendy replied to the Tweet by simply putting a French flag next to the names of each player along with the word "fixed".

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