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As it happened: France's World Cup heroes honoured in Paris

Eric Feferberg / AFP | People celebrate France's victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on July 15, 2018.

France's victorious players returned to a heroes' welcome on Monday after winning the World Cup for the second time with a rollercoaster 4-2 victory that set off wild revelling at home. To see how the day's events followed read our liveblog below.

  • Hundreds of thousands of fans took to the streets of Paris and other cities across France Sunday, celebrating long into the night after France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup in Russia.
  • The festivities continued on Monday when the victorious French squad paraded down the Champs-Élysées to a reception in the presidential residence, the Élysée Palace, in Paris after landing at 5pm (1500 GMT).
  • Croatia's talismanic midfielder and captain, Luka Modric, won the World Cup's Golden Ball, awarded to the player voted the best of the tournament.
  • France's electrifying 19-year-old striker, Kylian Mbappé, was voted best young player of the tournament
  • Didier Deschamps has become only the third manager – after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer – to win the World Cup as both a player and coach.
  • Les Bleus' victorious players shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, their own President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian leader Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic before getting their hands on the Jules Rimet.

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