Celebrations on the Champs-Élysées as France fans hail ‘magnificent game’

The Guardian

By Angelique Chrisafis
Central Paris was awash with red, white and blue as fans celebrated France's victory over Morocco in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/AFP/Getty Images

Amid a cacophony of beeping car horns, fireworks, and people hanging from car windows waving flags, cheering football fans poured on to Paris’s Champs-Élysées on Wednesday night to celebrate France beating Morocco to reach the World Cup final, hoping it would become the first country in 60 years to retain the title.

“We’re in the final!” yelled Romain, 16, who had high school the next day but was planning a late night celebrating. “When France won the World Cup in 2018, I was 12 and couldn’t really celebrate in the streets,” he said. “It feels brilliant tonight, but facing Argentina will be close, nail-biting.”

Publish : 2022-12-15 12:31:00

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