France's national stadium was in party mode on Sunday night as Les Bleus celebrated their World Cup victory in style with a 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands and a huge post-match bash.
In pictures: Les Bleus celebrate 2018 World Cup victory
Supporters at the Stade de France celebrate their team's World Cup victory. © Pierre René-Worms, FRANCE 24
France coach Didier Deschamps waves at the 80,000 fans in the packed stadium. © Pierre René-Worms, FRANCE 24
Forward Antoine Griezmann hails the World Cup trophy, France's second after their 1998 win on home soil. © Pierre René-Worms, FRANCE 24
France's 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappé is next to kiss the coveted cup. © Pierre René-Worms, FRANCE 24
Giving fans what they want: goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris holds up the trophy. © Pierre René-Worms, FRANCE 24
The rushed nature of the celebrations disappointed the estimated 300,000 fans who had gathered in the streets to celebrate. This time, however, the French Football Federation (FFF) decided to do things right.
After the final whistle, the World Cup trophy was exhibited on the pitch and the players brought out one-by-one to the cheers of some 80,000 ecstatic supporters.
Hip-hop artist Vegedream then performed his hit “Bring the Cup Home” (“Ramenez la coupe à la maison”), while the France team danced around the edge of the pitch with the coveted trophy.
The players also led the stadium in a rousing rendition of a tribute song for midfielder N'Golo Kante, one of several such chants French fans have belted out throughout the summer.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2018-09-10