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French players' social media videos of World Cup celebrations

17 July 2018

That is a play on the French national saying, "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite".

Croats laid on a spectacular welcome-home party for the Croatian national team after its 4-2 loss in the final of the World Cup in Russian Federation - the furthest Croatia has ever got in the global soccer tournament.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic added: "There are no words to describe how we feel now".

The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting. All the energy, everything, seeing them coming here - it was incredible.

The team's Air France plane was given a traditional water shower by firefighters as it taxied around the tarmac.

The victory has helped bring about a sense of national unity in France.

Two people died during celebrations elsewhere in the country, Le Parisien reported.

Croatia's state railway company has halved ticket prices so fans could travel to Zagreb, while city authorities in the capital said public transportation would be free on Monday.

State TV urged citizens to come out and enjoy "the historic moment" of the players' return, while other media described the players as "our heroes".

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The team took a victory lap down the Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands had thronged since France's 4-2 victory over Croatia in Sunday's World Cup final.

As the bus headed towards a reception at the Elysee Palace, nine jets from France's acrobatic unit, the Patrouille de France, flew overhead, trailing blue, white and red smoke.

France overcame a determined Croatia team to win 4-2 in Sunday's final, with teenager Kylian Mbappe applying the coup de grace and cementing his place as a new global superstar at the age of just 19.

The members of France's victorious World Cup team have returned home from Russian Federation to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome. Members of the club he grew up with in suburban Bondy attended the party.

"Thank you for having made us proud", Macron told the players in the presidential palace's gardens. "This team is handsome because you are united!"

Addressing the team, Macron offered advice.

Midfielder Paul Pogba, despite his voice almost failing him, then proved himself a showman off the pitch as well as on by leading the guests in an impromptu celebratory rap punctuated by "Allez les Bleus!".

The victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news.

French players' social media videos of World Cup celebrations