The best places to watch the World Cup final around France (if you want atmosphere)

The best places to watch the World Cup final around France (if you want atmosphere)
Photo: Rennes Ville Metropole
If you are in France this Sunday and want to watch the World Cup final with thousands of other fans in a fevered atmosphere then head to one of these locations.

France play Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday at 5pm French time. Finding a place to watch the match could be a mission if the semi-final was anything to go by as bars, pubs and restaurants will be packed to the limit, both in cities and small towns.

So perhaps the best solution is to head to one of the big screens being set up in cities around the country. The atmosphere will be electric and you should at least be able to see the screen, which won't necessarily be the case if you head to a bar.

We've picked out some of the most exciting screenings around the country. Get in touch if you know of any others we should include. 


Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé had been under pressure to put up a big screen for the final and he finally cracked this week, announcing that the game would be shown live at the Chaban-Delmas stadium.

An estimated 30,000 fans are expected to attend. The gates will open at 2.30pm and fans will only be allowed to watch from the stadium's stands rather than on the grass.


The mayor of Aix has announced a fan zone at Cours Mirabeau for the final match this coming Sunday. The match will be shown on a 33 square metre screen. Doors will open at 2pm.


The place to be in the western city of Rennes on Sunday is the esplanade Charles de Gaulle, where some 20,000 delirious people watched France beat Belgium in the semi-final.



A secure fan zone with a giant screen was set up at the Marche Forville by the Cannes City Hall for the semi-final, and will once again welcome supporters of les bleus this Sunday. Some 1,500 fans turned up for the semi-final in an atmosphere described as “festive and family-friendly”.


Supporters who acted quickly will have booked their tickets to see the match screened live at the Zenith venue. Tickets quickly ran sold out but under pressure from the public, authorities in Lille have now agreed to put up a giant 30 square metre screen at the Saint-Sauveur train station. 

“This will allow many more visitors to watch the match in the open air from the café terrace and the forecourt. As a result, the city will strongly strengthen the security system at the entrance to Saint-Sauveur Station,” said a statement from Lille City Hall.


If you are in Lyon on Sunday afternoon hoping to watch the final then head to Place Bellecour where a giant screen will broadcast all the action, despite the City Hall previously having ruled out screening the match.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to watch the match in the heart of France's second city. The game will also be broadcast on big screens at Lyon's Groupama stadium.


In a press release sent out on Wednesday evening, the mayor of Marseille Jean-Claude Gaudin announced the opening of a fan zone at the Parc Chanot where the World Cup final will be broadcast on a giant screen. Some 20,000 people are expected to attend.


The City of Montpellier is setting up a giant screen in the Place Georges Frêche in front of the town hall.


The locals in Nantes are not happy about the fact the game won't be shown on a big screen in the centre of the city. The match will however be broadcast to thousands of fans at the hall XXL at the Parc des expositions de la Beaujoire, which is out of town.


While you may prefer one of the city's bars or pubs, the place to be on Sunday will be the Champs de Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The site provides the most dramatic backdrop for what is sure to be the most dramatic football match.

Some 90,000 fans of Les Bleus are expected to attend and the place will be bouncing. You will have to get there early though as security will be tight and queues will be long.

“We will stop letting people in when this limit is reached,” Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said, urging fans “to arrive as early as possible, starting at 1:00 pm.

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In Strasbourg, the final match of the tournament will be broadcast on a giant screen at the Jardin-des-Deux-Rives on Sunday at 5 pm. Access to the park will be regulated.

This was the scene after the semi-final against Belgium, which was also shown live at the Jardin-des-Deux-Rives:


In Toulouse, the match will be broadcast on a giant screen at the Prairie des Filtres, where a screen was first set up for the quarter-final match with Uruguay.


If you are down on the French Riviera and want to see the action on a big screen, then head to the miroir d'eau de la Promenade du Paillon in Nice where you can watch the final with 12,000 supporters of les bleus.



















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