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France’s World Cup winners given hero’s welcome

France's World Cup Winning Team Parade Down The Champs Elysee
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France’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the stars

Les Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.

Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.

And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.

The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.

Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.

Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.

Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.