NZ reporter hit with tear gas covering World Cup rioting in Paris

NZ reporter hit with tear gas covering World Cup rioting in Paris

France's victorious World Cup players will all be awarded the Legion of Honour, the office of President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday ahead of the squad's visit to the Elysee Palace.

The country has been partying ever since their national team beat Croatia 4-2 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

It's the second time in history that France has won the World Cup.

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Thousands gathered along the Champs Elysees in the French capital Paris as the victory played out in Moscow.

Their destination was the Elysee Palace, where they met with president Emmanuel Macron, who himself was joining in with the team's celebrations in Russian Federation the night before.

Amongst the hundreds on the guest list are members of soccer clubs linked to the French players, like that from the poor Paris suburb of Bondy, the childhood home of 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe.

But as the evening wore on, a small number of fans clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees.

France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia
France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the 4-2 defeat of Croatia

Striker Antoine Griezmann, whose fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018 came in the final, told 'We're so happy. "We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years".

Macron will be relieved that joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across France on Sunday night passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed almost 250 lives.

Similar scenes had plagued France's previous World Cup matches against Uruguay and in their semifinal win over Belgium, which included flares being set off near the famous Arc de Triomphe and a heavy police presence in the streets.

Two people have died during a night of wild World Cup celebrations in France.

Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves. "Different origins but we are all united". "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes on the Champs Elysees.

Millions of fans in France then celebrated into the night, honking auto horns and flying the tricolour flag while the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe were lit up in the national colours of blue, white and red. There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so lovely.

Authorities in Paris were forced to close all public transport links as the trouble intensified.

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