France set for heroes' welcome after thrilling World Cup win

"Eternal Happiness" the headline in L'Équipe read. The...

The French squad's victory will "undeniably" boost France's image overseas, she added: "Their reputation as a team with ambition will bolster France's reputation, because the country is now seen my many as both ageing and haughty".

The changes represent "winks" to the team, Paris transport operator RATP said Monday.

The team is scheduled to arrive back in France at around 1430GMT, before a parade down the Champs Elysees and a formal victory reception with Mr Macron at the Elysee Palace.

The team's victory lap on Monday a day after France's 4-2 win against Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow culminates celebrations by a nation looking for heroes. Countries should rise above race, religion and communal issues and the talent in the France team proves that. "They're young and they're happy", said a grinning, wet Deschamps after the players had left.

"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.

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. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".

They were parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.

Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception. And hours.Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesMAGIC HOURThe sun sets, but the night is young on the Champs Elysees where an estimated 1 million filled the streets to revel in France's victory.

The 40-year-old made headlines when he was snapped jumping forward in an epic celebration as the trio watched the match from the VIP box at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and was on hand after the final whistle to congratulate his players as torrential rain hammered the turf.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. The Arc de Triomphe was awash in the national colours, lit with the rooster symbol, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue", or French. Sixteen of the 23 French soccer players are from immigrant families.

  • Steve Townsend