Two France fans die as violence erupts across the country after World Cup win over Croatia

Two French football fans have died as violence erupted across the county following Les Bleus’s World Cup victory over Croatia.

After the team celebrated their second ever World Cup win in Moscow, there were jubilant scene across France.

In Moscow, Emmanuel Macron was memorably pictured leaping onto a gantry to wildly celebrate a goal in a break from the usual presidential reserve.

But back at home, the joy turned to violence in several areas.

Some of the worst scenes were in central Paris, where celebrations turned into widespread rioting, looting and ugly clashes with cops.

French police fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees late yesterday following the 4-2 triumph in Moscow.

The iconic avenue remained closed early this morning.

In the Alpine city of Annecy, some 350 miles east, a 50-year-old France fan broke his neck after jumping into a canal at the end of the final.

A man falls to the floor after inhaling tear gas as French football fans clash with police
A man falls to the floor after inhaling tear gas as French football fans clash with police (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Another man lies injured on the ground following France's World Cup victory over Croatia
Another man lies injured on the ground following France’s World Cup victory over Croatia (Image: AFP)
People run from tear gas during the violent clashes in the French capital
People run from tear gas during the violent clashes in the French capital (Image: Getty Images Europe)
France's President Emmanuel Macron celebrates a goal at the World Cup final wildly - but back in France there were problems
France’s President Emmanuel Macron celebrates a goal at the World Cup final wildly – but back in France there were problems (Image: TASS)
This picture, taken from the top of the Arch of Triumph in Paris, shows a water canon dispersing people after the clashes
This picture, taken from the top of the Arch of Triumph in Paris, shows a water canon dispersing people after the clashes (Image: AFP)

Meanwhile, in nearby Saint-Felix, a man in his 30s was killed when his car crashed into a tree as he celebrated his team’s win.

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Such accidents were accompanied by baton charges by CRS riot squads, as officers desperately tried to keep crowds in order.

“Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse,” a police source in Paris said.

“Shops including the Publicis Drugstore close to the Arc de Triomphe were ransacked. Windows were smashed and officers who intervened were attacked.

A man lies bloodied on the ground as supporters clash with officers in the aftermath of the match
A man lies bloodied on the ground as supporters clash with officers in the aftermath of the match(Image: Getty Images Europe)
Smoke covered the streets as the clashes threatened to ruin celebrations
Smoke covered the streets as the clashes threatened to ruin celebrations (Image: Getty Images Europe)
"Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse," a police source in Paris said
“Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse,” a police source in Paris said (Image: AFP)
Riot officers clashed with supporters on the Champs Élysées
Riot officers clashed with supporters on the Champs Élysées (Image: AFP)
There were scenes of "absolute chaos" following France's win
There were scenes of “absolute chaos” following France’s win (Image: AFP)

“There have been scenes of absolute chaos that have spoiled the party.”

Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle, with thousands gathering along the Champs Elysees.

Even President Emmanuel Macron had been earlier seen punching the air at Luzhniki Stadium as his country’s team scored a goal.

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

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Some threw stones and other projectiles at riot officers.

And in response, tear gas was deployed.

A man throws a stone during the clashes, which followed celebrations around the Arc de Triomph
A man throws a stone during the clashes, which followed celebrations around the Arc de Triomph(Image: Getty Images Europe)
Shops were allegedly ransacked, while officers who intervened were "attacked"
Shops were allegedly ransacked, while officers who intervened were “attacked” (Image: REUTERS)
Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle, but as the evening wore on, clashes broke out
Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle, but as the evening wore on, clashes broke out (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
The Arc De Triomphe lit up in the tricolore (Image: REUTERS)
Les Bleus won the World Cup for the first time in 20 years (Image: REUTERS)

Videos shot at the scene saw units of CRS moving in, as hooligans wearing France shirts and black balaclavas attacked them.

As the trouble intensified, the authorities shut all transport links, including Metro services and other local trains.

According to BFM TV, a decision was made by security officials to disperse the crowd. It said minor crowd trouble was also reported in Lyon.

While police reported two deaths, a number of people were left seriously injured due to accidents.

France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup final yesterday.

A decision was reportedly made by security officials to disperse the crowd
A decision was reportedly made by security officials to disperse the crowd (Image: AFP)
As the trouble intensified, the authorities shut all transport links, including Metro services and other local trains
As the trouble intensified, the authorities shut all transport links, including Metro services and other local trains (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
Police reported widespread riots and looting (Image: REUTERS)
It was the country’s first World Cup final appearance since 2006 (Image: AFP)
Some 4,000 police and security forces had been deployed across Paris in case of trouble
Some 4,000 police and security forces had been deployed across Paris in case of trouble (Image: AFP)

Some 4,000 police and security forces had been deployed across Paris in case of trouble following the country’s first World Cup final appearance since 2006.

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In the eastern city of Lyon, hundreds of youths went on the rampage, attacking cars and setting fire to wheelie-bins.

Public fountains and other monuments in cities such as Bordeaux and Marseille, as well as Lyon, were filled with youths brandishing flares and throwing bottles.

Tear gas was also used on the groups, but the trouble continued until well into the early hours of today.

Fans celebrate at the Eiffel Tower (Image: REUTERS)
France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup final
France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and World Cup final yesterday (Image: AFP)
Two people died as violence broke out across France (Image: REUTERS)
Cops are seen throwing tear gas at crowds during the clashes
Cops are seen throwing tear gas at crowds during the clashes (Image: AFP)

In Frouard, near the city of Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were seriously injured after being struck by a motorcycle, which then fled the scene.

And in Ajaccio, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, scuffles broke out between France and Croatia supporters.

Earlier yesterday, crowds had gathered next to the Eiffel Tower to watch the match on large TV screens.

They sang the La Marseillaise, France’s national anthem, and waved Tricolour flags.

Following the final whistle, thousands of firecrackers and fireworks were let off, as the country celebrated its first World Cup win since 1998.

 

 

 

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