Didier Deschamps’s team arrived on the Champs-Elysées as World Champions after winning a historic World Cup final against Croatia.
The French team took the title on Sunday 15 July 2018, beating the Croatian team 4-2 to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years.
Feeling on top of the world, fans of the Blues came together in some of Paris’s most iconic areas, such as Place de la Bastille, Place de la République, and the Champs-Elysées, to celebrate this historic victory. The Arc de Triomphe was lit up in red, white, and blue for the occasion, displaying the team’s second star to the crowd, as well as portraits and hometowns of the players. The Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Assemblée Nationale were also illuminated in red, white, and blue.
At 7pm on Monday 16 July, theFrench team staged a victory parade in an open-top bus down the Champs-Elysées. A 300,000-strong crowd – fans, families, and tourists – was there to welcome the players home as heroes, catch a glimpse of the new world champions, express their joy, and admire the Patrouille de France’s flyover.
A look back at some photos of this exceptional event!