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Paris celebrates France's march to the World Cup final

PTI
Published Jul 11, 2018, 5:11 pm IST
Updated Jul 11, 2018, 5:11 pm IST
The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of "We're in the final" and a cacophony of car horns and firecrackers rang out over Paris
Paris celebrates France's march
 Paris celebrates France's march

The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of "We're in the final" and a cacophony of car horns and firecrackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday as residents in the capital celebrated France's march to the World Cup final.  A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Dider Deschamps' team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris' historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall. With viewing space at a premium every vantage spot was occupied -- with fans perched on trees, on top of vans, on dustbins and bus shelters.

Every vantage spot was occupiedEvery vantage spot was occupied

Samuel Umtiti's decisive goal in the 52nd minute triggered the waving of a sea of tricolors, ecstatic fans many in the national team's colors kissed and hugged and danced. The Rue de Rivoli, normally choc-a-bloc with traffic, became a temporary pedestrian zone as crowds made their way along it past the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees, where 20 years earlier Paris had gathered to celebrate France's World Cup win on home soil.

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