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Hundreds of thousands of French fans partied into the night on the Champs Elysees on Sunday to mark the country's World Cup victory, celebrating football and the power of the game to bring a tense and often fearful nation together. "Once Senegal and Nigeria got knocked out, that's who we root for".

"Eternal Happiness" read today's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hoped the euphoria would last.

Thanks to its talented roster of star players like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France sealed its dazzling 4-2 defeat of Croatia on Sunday.

Mbappe is only the third teen to even play in the World Cup - after Pele and Italian legend Guiseppe Bergomi in 1982.

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. "We're not in 1998", said Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state for digital affairs, whose parents emigrated from Morocco.

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Croatia's preparations for the tournament were by no means flawless, considering Dalic was only appointed as the replacement for the sacked Ante Cacic last October with one last qualification group game to go.

Paris' RATP metro system, for its part, celebrated the success of the new world champions by temporarily renaming six stations in honour of the key players and their coach, Didier Deschamps. The victory glow brightened the Monday morning Paris commute. A number of smashed windows, an overturned vehicle and graffiti scrawled here and there, including the phrase "Liberte, Egalite, Mbappe", a reference to the national motto "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite".

This year, France had a 6-0-1 record and knocked out Uruguay, Argentina, Belgium and Croatia.

The team was en route from Moscow to Paris for a celebratory parade down the Champs Elysees avenue before meeting with Macron and his wife Brigitte at the presidential palace. And it is not just the capital that has been consumed by football fever.

Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were marred by violence.

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