— Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) July 10, 2018
— Nick Begley (@nickbegley) July 10, 2018
— Matthieu Brandely (@m_brandely) July 10, 2018
— Ingrid Melander (@IngridMelander) July 10, 2018
The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of “We're in the final” and a cacophony of car horns and fire crackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday as residents in the capital celebrated France's march to the World Cup final.
A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Dider Deschamps' team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris' historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall.
With viewing space at a premium every vantage spot was occupied — with fans perched on trees, on top of vans, on dustbins and bus shelters.
Samuel Umtiti's decisive goal in the 52nd minute triggered the waving of a sea of tricolors, ecstatic fans many in the national team's colours kissed and hugged and danced.
The Rue de Rivoli, normally choc-a-bloc with traffic, became a temporary pedestrian zone as crowds made their way along it past the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees, where 20 years earlier Paris had gathered to celebrate France's World Cup win on home soil.
— ViGnEsH SarKar ? (@VignesHari1) July 10, 2018
France is having a massive party right now. And just in case you miss it there will probably be another one on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/IIizrba0fO
— The Local France (@TheLocalFrance) July 10, 2018
A little crowd gathering on the Champs Elysees pic.twitter.com/jay7HSzMuk
— Luke Baker (@BakerLuke) July 10, 2018
France fans have in their droves taken to the Champs-Élysées this evening, with the country's national team now in the World Cup final. pic.twitter.com/eQIb6yN4FS
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 10, 2018