Emmanuel Macron's reaction to France's World Cup victory is delightfully relatable


Shortly after France beat Croatia on Sunday, Khaled Beydoun an American author on Islamophobia, called for "justice" for the diverse team.

The players argued about who should get the ball afterward, with Croatia keeping possession but failing to do anything.

"Les Bleus", a dynamic, young team that won an open, fast-paced final 4-2 with Croatia in Moscow, appeared at the Elysee palace, where they burst into a spontaneous rendition of the "La Marseillaise" national anthem with President Emmanuel Macron and his wife. Photos of superstar soccer players Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were widely printed. They were eventually tackled and taken off the field.

The win "shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France", said Omar Bzi. "We are happy. Long live France", he said.

Before attending Sunday's final, Macron congratulated Russia's President Vladimir Putin for organising a contest that went off without a hitch, after years of growing tensions between Moscow and the West. But the loudest round of cheers is going around for French coach Didier Deschamps who has achieved a rare double triumph as coach and captain, only the second to do so after Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.

The World Cup winners will receive the country's highest accolade, the Légion d'Honneur, the French presidency has announced.

The French team then heads to the presidential palace to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a Monday parade down the Champs-Elysees.

France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia
France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia

As the World Cup trophy was brought on to the pitch for the victory ceremony, Macron briefly kissed it and beamed with joy.

Macron will be relieved that an evening of joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across France passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed almost 250 lives.

The win marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.

Macron's diplomatic objectives since taking power in May a year ago have been showing France as a key player in an increasingly fractious world, a role which he and many observers felt had been lost during the previous presidency of Francois Hollande.

Police fired tear gas as sporadic clashes broke out in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Rouen.

France's World Cup win saw celebrations in the country descend into violence as riot police used tear gas to control crowds.

Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among still-dazed French players themselves.

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