Thursday, 15 November, 2018

World Cup Victory Boosts French Morale, but Not Macron's Popularity

039;Les Bleus' come home after World Cup win France: Night of Violence, Riots and Looting After World Cup Win
Jan Ortega | 18 July, 2018, 00:32

Newspapers hailed a second World Cup for France, after their first victory on home soil in 1998.

France's World Cup squad have an average age of just over 26 and they have an abundance of world-class players in Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.

His national team coaching career included a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Germany at the 2014 World Cup and a 1-0 defeat to underdog Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

"This is how Croatia is loved", read one banner. "We gave away a whole heap of GIANT bread today, and everybody (France supporters included) was happy".

Lloris spared their blushes to a degree by needlessly gifting Mandzukic - and Croatia - a lifeline, but France saw the game out with a maturity beyond their years, one forged from harsh lessons of the past.

He said, "I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don't win, I don't really realize what has happened yet - the World Cup is a lot".

"I closed my office to welcome our heroes".

Mbappe who plays as the number 10 at the France national team has Nigerian roots. "We did something incredible, we made history and we are going to enjoy it".

Then a parade was carried out by the fans which ended at Elysee Palace where the team was greeted by the President himself.

French Football Federation chief Noel Le Graet confirmed in Sunday's Journal du Dimanche that other associations also would benefit from the France forward's largesse - "about 300,000 euros ($350,000)".

"We're not still celebrating "Black-Blanc-Beur", we're celebrating brotherhood", he said of the current team.

Over the past six weeks, 180 professionals appointed by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have been shadowing and observing the 2018 FIFA World Cup operation in the 11 host cities.

Several Paris Metro stations are temporarily adjusting their names to honor France's World Cup champions. For example, the Victor Hugo station has become Victor Hugo Lloris and the Champs-Elysees Clemenceau stop has been dubbed he Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau after coach Didier Deschamps.

Some 31 people, including eight minors, had their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.

Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain.

Some 82 percent of the French think Les Bleus' victory will boost national pride, 74 percent of them think it will improve France's image overseas, and 39 percent of them said it will have a positive impact on their own morale, Odoxa said.

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