Fans poured into the streets across the country after the country's second World Cup win, many waving flags and letting off smoke bombs.
Some 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting
vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.
Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees avenue Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France's World Cup victory, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.
Une trentaine de jeunes ont cassé et pillé dimanche soir le Drugstore Publicis des Champs-Elysées, à Paris, où des centaines de milliers de personnes fêtent la victoire française à la Coupe du monde #AFP pic.twitter.com/J4cTs95BnW
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) July 15, 2018
About 30 people, many wearing ski masks, broke into the Publicis Drugstore and later left with bottles of wine and champagne, some smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.
Some also threw objects at police forces who responded with tear gas.
Very unfortunately, the pillaging of shops around the Champs-Elysées has led to riot police intervening. The greatest tragedy when a small number detract from something so beautiful such as the events of today. pic.twitter.com/eCmEcq0pZI
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 15, 2018
“That's not how you celebrate,” a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.
Following the looting TV images showed youths and riot police clashing on the Champs Elysées as the presenter talked of the party being ruined.
Shortly before midnight riot police tried to evacuate the Champs Elysées which led to more clashes with youths hurling bottles and rocks at police who responded with water canon and tear gas.
Coupe du monde: plusieurs vitrines prises pour cibles par des casseurs dans le haut des Champs-Elysées pic.twitter.com/cJ0heG0mAW
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) July 15, 2018
— Ulrike Koltermann (@Koltermann) July 15, 2018
Elsewhere in France, authorities said clashes erupted in the southern city of Lyon between police and about 100 youths who had climbed on top of a police vehicle at an open-air showing of the match in the city centre.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire.
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No arrests had been announced but clashes were continuing at around 10:30 pm (2030 GMT) on a bridge as a group of about 50 youths tried to break through police barricades to reach the city centre.
In Frouard, a town outside the eastern city of Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were seriously injured after being struck by a
motorcycle during the celebrations.
Authorities said the motorcyclist had fled the scene.
In the southeast city of Annecy police said a 50-year-old man died after breaking his neck when he jumped into a shallow canal just when the final
whistle blew to signal the end of the match.
And a man in his thirties died after crashing into a tree while celebrating shortly after the game in the small town of Saint-Felix in northern France.