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France to celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

The Paris metro has temporarily renamed six stations in honour of France’s World Cup victors, as the capital prepares to salute their return.

The French coach’s name features at two stops. Notre-Dame des Champs becomes Notre Didier Deschamps while one of the central stops is renamed Deschamps Elysées-Clémenceau.

The World Cup winners took an open-top bus along the central avenue in the heart of Paris on Monday after beating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

Zagreb, on the otherhand welcomed back the runners-up, with a parade through the centre of the Croatian capital on Monday afternoon. Local authorities made public transport free to enable as many people as possible to join the party.

Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were marred by violence.
Police fired tear gas as sporadic clashes broke out in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Rouen and 292 people were detained, according to French reports.

Dozens of youths broke into a store on the Champs-Elysées and stole wine and champagne.

Two deadly accidents were linked to France’s World Cup win. One man in his fifties jumped into a canal in Annecy after the final whistle but fell on his neck and died of his injuries. Another man drove his car into a tree while celebrating.

Three young children were badly injured when a motorbike ran into them during celebrations in the north-eastern town of Frouard.

But the national mood was one of joy, and Paris transport company RATP said it was celebrating the success of Les Bleus by the public’s side (in French), ahead of the victorious team’s parade on the Champs-Elysées.

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