Paris police arrest 102 fans after World Cup celebrations turn violent

Tuesday, 17 Jul, 2018

French fighter jets flew over the famous avenue displaying the tricolour, and President Macron embraced the players once more as he had done at the Luzhniki on Sunday.

Macron subsequently "dabbed" with French full-back Benjamin Mendy in the changing room.

The Paris metro system has temporarily renamed six of its stations in honour of key players.

The France team set off from their Istra base in Russian Federation on Monday morning and were greeted by swathes of fans at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport upon landing - coach Didier Deschamps and bleary-eyed captain Hugo Lloris appearing first from the aircraft with the famous trophy.

"Eternal Happiness" read the headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of the many who hoped the euphoria would last for months, or even years. "Encore!" said Liberation, alongside a picture of the team holding the trophy.

In Paris, a football fan was hospitalised in critical condition after being hit on the head with a helmet after a brawl erupted between some 20 supporters celebrating the French victory on the Champs Elysées.

Michel Delpuech, the chief of the Paris Police Prefecture, said in a news conference on Monday morning that a majority of those arrested were celebrating along the Champs Elysees, with 90 of them remaining in custody.

"Lots of merchandise was stolen and damaged", Drugstore Publicis deputy CEO Virginie Levy told CNN.

Laurent Joffrin, editor of the leftwing Liberation newspaper, said they had lived up to the ideal of "the republic that we love: united and diverse, patriotic and open, national without being nationalist".

Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team on Monday, jumping and chanting "We Are The Champions" as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception. According to the Irish Mirror, 292 people were taken into custody across France following the team's win. "There were however some upsets in big cities, with shops and terraces damaged".

But Sunday was by far the darkest day, with several revellers killed or seriously injured in the aftermath of the match.

Some 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.