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'Merci, you did it': Macron revels in France's World Cup triumph

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'Merci, you did it': Macron revels in France's World Cup triumph
Photo: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/POOL
22:53 CEST+02:00
French president Emmanuel Macron was jubilant after Les Bleus triumphed in the World Cup final over Croatia on Sunday night. He are some pics of the president enjoying the celebrations.

President Emmanuel Macron, whose enthusiasm soared with each goal as France marched toward World Cup victory on Sunday, expressed his thanks to the young team on Twitter after congratulating the players on the pitch in Moscow.

"MERCI" Macron wrote in a one-word tweet after the match, which gave France its second World Cup victory and sparked euphoric street parties across the country.

A picture emerged of Macron punching the air in the VIP section of the Moscow stadium and quickly went viral on social media.

 

 

(President Emmanuel Macron hugs French coach Didier Deschamps. AFP)

(Macron gives a hug to young French star Kylian Mbappé. AFP)

Macron was on the pitch to greet and hug the French players and also went into the dressing room after the game to celebrate with the players and commend them on their success of winning France's second World Cup.

Macron was captured giving a speech to the victorious players during which he said: "I told you and the coach to bring back the second star. You did it ! You made us dream, you played wonderful football, you made 60 million French people and kids everywhere dream and you'll see tomorrow when you go back home. I wanted to tell you the children, a big thank you to you, to the whole team. "

Macron will welcome the players at the Elysée Palace on Monday evening.

 

 

 

The French president's popularity ratings have been falling - a recent Odoxa poll showed that 75% of the French feel that he is removed from the people.

In 1998, the-then president Jacques Chirac's popularity ratings surged after France won, but as Frédéric Dabi, head of Ifop polling agency suggests, this was probably a one-off. 
 
"1998 was an exception," he told L'Express. "Jacques Chirac was in a coalition government at the time... and he was therefore exempt from any criticism regarding social or economic issues."
 
According to Dabi, France's Euro championship win in 2000 and its defeat in the 2006 World Cup final had no impact on the French presidents at the time, although Macron - who is sometimes dismissively called the 'president of the rich' - may reap some short-term benefits.
 
"Football can bring him a little closer to the French: it is a sport which can eliminate some social differences," Dabi said. 

 

 

 

 

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