Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in Paris

first_imgWorld champions France returned home with the FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy in Paris on Monday. France defeated Croatia on Sunday in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second world title.Upon their arrival from Russia, the members of France’s victorious World Cup team received a red carpet welcome. The airplane that carried the French players met with a water canon salute at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.Joyful French fans gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.The French team was impressed with the kind of reception they were given at the airport. Captain Hugo Lloris led his team holding the trophy in his hands while the rest of his teammates were all smiles after becoming world champions.Back at home… what a reception! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/iTnm2mcLmPFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer’s eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Airport personnel and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them “merci” on behalf of a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Eternal Happiness” read Monday’s headline in French sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months – even years.advertisementLes Bleus, @_OlivierGiroud_ and our little friend en route to the Champs Élysée. #Fiersdetrebleu pic.twitter.com/jR1m46LyPlFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France’s 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFor a third day in a row, the avenue was transformed into a boulevard of pride and happiness following a Bastille Day parade of French military might Saturday that, in hindsight, was a preview for the elation of France’s World Cup win.On the way to the party! #Fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/ZsZoWLiBEsFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team’s appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited. A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.Hello Paris! pic.twitter.com/2lKbxCzf4qFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018France has been short of reasons to feel proud, and now is the moment.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victorySeveral Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.The Etoile station is, for now, “On a 2 Etoiles” (We have 2 stars), to denote France’s second victory in soccer’s World Cup. The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France’s standout goalie and team captain. The plane carrying the French soccer team received a water cannon salute at Charles de Gaulle airport (AP Photo)Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.”We are linked for life now with this Cup,” defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing from Moscow.French President Emmanuel 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. Macron clearly hoped the World Cup glow would rub off on him, raising him up in the eyes of a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests.It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France’s youth – like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up – “to dare to believe in their dreams.”Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted.In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, “Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that’s good for the country. That will do us good for some months.”advertisementThe victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with Mbappe’s No. 10 number.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said at Sunday’s festivities, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revelers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Jemerson: Lemar is Monaco’s star man

first_imgThomas Lemar Lemar is Monaco’s star man… not Mbappe – Jemerson Gabriel Pazini Last updated 2 years ago 21:42 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Thomas Lemar Monaco Getty Images Thomas Lemar Kylian Mbappé Monaco v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Monaco Ligue 1 The volume of work the winger gets through for the Stade Louis II side is invaluable to their efforts, according to the Brazilian EXCLUSIVE Monaco centre-back Jemerson has revealed that he believes that the most talented player he has seen at the Ligue 1 champions is Thomas Lemar — not 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.Both players featured heavily as Leonardo Jardim’s side surged to win Le Championnat for the first time since 2000 last term, but Jemerson believes that the Liverpool target has the edge on the striker.Monaco 7/1 to beat PSG to Ligue 1 title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Speaking to Goal, he revealed: “I like Lemar very much. He is very good tactically. He defends, he attacks and he does everything. He is very important to our team and he played very, very well last season. “When I arrived in Monaco, they talked a lot about him and I was very impressed. He has an incredible ability to dribble and shoot.”Jemerson can understand, however, why Mbappe gets such attention.HD Jemerson Monaco 04022016“It’s normal because those who score more goals appear more, but I really like Lemar,” he laughed.”Mbappe is a very funny guy. I joke with him that he is the Road Runner he is so fast. Nobody catches him in the race, it’s like Road Runner against the Coyote in the cartoon!”Although there has been a great deal of hype surrounding the young France international, Jemerson believes that he still has something to prove.”I think he has a lot of talent and a lot of quality, but he’s very young too. I think everyone needs to be calm with him,” he said. “If he maintains that level and has regularity, he’s sure to be among the best players in the world.”Mbappe is set to join PSG on Wednesday on loan, while Lemar continues to be linked with an €80 million switch to Liverpool ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday.last_img read more