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French First Lady Brigitte Macron holds up the World Cup trophy with Paul Pogba as French President Emmanuel Macron receives the France football team during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace on July 16

French First Lady Brigitte Macron holds up the World Cup trophy with Paul Pogba as French President Emmanuel Macron receives the France football team during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace on July 16

The two directors of "Les Bleus", Emmanuel Le Ber and Théo Schuster, lived with the French football team for more than two months, following the players, coaches, and staff as they prepared at France's national football center, Clairefontaine.

As night fell, the dancing and singing continued, with the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the famed boulevard lit up in the red, white and blue of the French flag.

The team is expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees. "We had to see them, and also the Cup".

They were given a raucous reception at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport before their parade through the capital city.

Didier Deschamps captained the team then, and 20 years on is manager.

An own goal by Mario Mandzukic followed by strikes by Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe edged Croatia from winning their first World Cup.

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Markle, 36, sported a blue-and-white striped shirt by Ralph Lauren , which she paired with cream wide-leg trousers . William and Kate will watch Serbia's Novak Djokovic take on South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Centre Court.

According to Sports Illustrated, the teen sensation was paid $30,000 per game, and pocketed $470,000 for being part of the team who won the tournament.

Mr Macron told the victorious team: "Thank you for having made us proud". "I don't regret not going on vacation this summer".

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.

For Macron, who became president a year ago at the age of 39, taking his political movement to victory against the odds, the team's success is likely to have positive repercussions after a slump in the polls.

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

Often in the spotlight for its xenophobic and Islamophobic social policies, France didn't seem to mind when it came to good footballers, stocking 78.3 percent of its team with immigrants, a third of whom are Muslim.

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