FIFA World Cup 2018:French Revolution In Russia

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France's victorious football team has paraded the World Cup before hundreds of thousands of fans in Paris.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in the sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope this euphoria will last for months - even years.

Croats took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate their national team despite its 4-2 defeat to France, but the nation of 4.5 million knows its soccer future is all but secure. Notre-Dame des Champs becomes Notre Didier Deschamps while one of the central stops is renamed Deschamps Elysées-Clémenceau.

Some 3,000 guests were invited to the reception in the Elysée gardens, including some 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the impoverished Paris suburb where France's star player, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé, spent his childhood.

Pogba, who will be a key member of France's World Cup team in Moscow, made a similar pilgrimage a year ago during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Like Beckenbauer, Deschamps captained his country to World Cup victory.

Now he's announcing that not only will his paycheck go to the charity, but also his bonus, which all players earned as a result of making it to the knockout round.

Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France's youth - like those in the poor suburbs where numerous players grew up - "to dare to believe in their dreams".

The two stars refers to the badge on the team shirt marking two World Cup victories, and a long queue formed outside a sports shop in central Paris on Monday as supporters tried to buy the updated national jersey. The French, though, are more enamored of the players and of their coach, Didier Deschamps.

"He may have been found sincerely likable in the victory's festive atmosphere, but it visibly doesn't change anything to expectations toward him on the economic and social front", he said.

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