World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

The president clearly hoped the World Cup glow would rub off on him, raising him up in the eyes of a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests and labor strikes.

The victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news, and the magic provided a sense that a grand coming together might at least paper over political, economic and social fissures for a while.

Several Paris Metro stations are temporarily adjusting their names to honor France's World Cup champions.

The Victor Hugo stop, for example - named after the famous 19th-century writer - has become Victor Hugo Lloris, after the team's goalkeeper.

According to Sports Illustrated, 19-year-old soccer phenom Kylian Mbappe earned about $22,500 for each of France's seven World Cup matches, plus a bonus of around $350,000 after Les Bleus won the title Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia.

"We have won the sympathy of the entire world", said Miroslav Milosevic, legendary coach of the team which reached the semi-final of 1998. "We are happy. Long live France", he said.

It was learned that Mbappe who won the Federation Internationale de Football Association young player award at the 2018 world cup has been supporting the organization since June 2017.

Pussy Riot pitch invader in World Cup final on her high five with French football superstar Kylian Mbappe.

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The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue", or French.

"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said, recalling deadly terror attacks.

Last night, police in Paris fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil the celebrations.

The team which beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow, were expected to travel to the Élysée Palace, where President Macron said that each player would be awarded the Legion of Honour.

The members of France's victorious World Cup team returned home from Russian Federation to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome Monday, and that was before the formal homage that awaited them in Paris.

Croatia's state railway company has halved ticket prices so fans could travel to Zagreb, while city authorities in the capital say public transportation is free on Monday.

State TV urged citizens to come out and enjoy "the historic moment" of the players' return, while other media described the players as "our heroes".

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