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Red carpet rolled out for Les Bleus

Red carpet rolled out for Les Bleus


DPA
Paris
France's victorious World Cup football team touched down at Paris'Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday afternoon for a red carpet reception.
Their Air France plane was saluted with a jet of water from a fire engine as it slowed to a halt.
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, holding the trophy, was first out of the door to be greeted by Sports Minister Laura Flessel at the top of the steps.
Coach Didier Deschamps followed him, and the pair acknowledged cheers from gathered airport workers before the whole team descended for a group photo on a podium on the tarmac.
But the young players didn't stay still for long, chanting and jumping in delight.
It was just the first stage in a triumphant homecoming planned for the winners of France's second-ever World Cup.
Crowds were already pressed tight on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris hours before the team were due to parade down the famous avenue on an open-top bus.
"This victory is the victory of France's young generation we've waited 20 years for it," one supporter, Pierre, told DPA.
Pierre's daughter was too young to have seen France's only other World Cup win in 1998."This is her victory!" he said.
Some 2,000 police and 400 first-aid staff were on hand to secure the parade for about 100,000 spectators.
Macron on Sunday told RMC radio that he was"very proud" of coach Deschamps'youthful team after they won France's second World Cup.
Deschamps, who skippered France to its 1998 victory, has joined Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer as the only footballers to lift the World Cup as both player and coach.
Meanwhile, teenage striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, and goal-scoring defender Benjamin Pavard, 22, have become instant folk heroes in France.
The French press hailed the victory in its Monday editions, with sports newspaper L'Equipe devoting its cover to a picture of the celebrating team with the headline:"Everlasting Happiness."
"AGAIN!" was the pithier verdict of left-wing daily Liberation.
L'Equipe gave its highest mark, 8/10, to forward Antoine Griezmann, followed by 7/10 for Mbappe -"it's only a beginning" and Paul Pogba, whom it awarded an online headline:"His Pogfinal."

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