France's World Cup heroes arrive home to victory parade

Ruben Hill
July 19, 2018

Modric in particular has gone through so much on his journey to the World Cup final and in another typically unselfish act, he did something heartwarming as he stood on stage.

Zagreb was also preparing to welcome back the runners-up, with a parade through the centre of the Croatian capital on Monday afternoon.

"Our services will obviously pursue any aggressors without fail if they are identified", he said.

On the Champs Elysées itself about 30 people, some wearing ski masks, smashed the windows of the Publicis Drugstore and stole bottles of wine, some filming themselves on their cellphones.

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.

The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors - blue, white, red - overhead.

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Hugo Lloris become the 21st captain to lift the elusive World Cup title as he captained France to their second world title against Croatia at the Luznikhi Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.

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

Brussels changed Arts-Loi to Hazarts-Loi, in reference to Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard.

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And in London, the Piccadilly line station Southgate was given a temporary makeover and rebranded Gareth Southgate in honour of the England manager who took the team to its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

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