Triumphant France parade Fifa World Cup trophy down Champs Elysees

Croatia president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic consoles and congratulates captain Luka Modric after the World Cup final

Croatia president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic consoles and congratulates captain Luka Modric after the World Cup final

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The team was honored with a parade along the Champs Elysees along with a special presidential ceremony.

France had mobilised around 110,000 security staff for the Bastille Day festivities on Saturday and the World Cup final.

The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting.

It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. "All we want is a wave from the players".

World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup - that's all France is talking about.

Some analysts believe the 40-year-old centrist will benefit from the feelgood factor sweeping France, with Macron able to show a common touch after months of criticism from his opponents that he is distant and elitist.

"History Made" declared sports daily L'Equipe.

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Commentators have also focused on the outpouring of patriotism and sense of national unity created by the multi-ethnic French team, many of whose stars including Pogba and Mbappe hail from deprived and often overlooked suburbs of Paris. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited.

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

Former president Jacques Chirac saw his polling numbers bounce in 1998 when France last won the World Cup even though the ageing Gaullist took little interest in football and barely knew the names of the players.

The Paris public transportation system also got into the celebratory spirit. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau became the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honour coach Didier Deschamps.

Notre-Dame des Champs station was renamed "Notre Didier Deschamps". The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France's standout goalie and team captain.

On Monday morning, the effects of Sunday night's partying were still clear. There were many broken windows, an overturned vehicle and drawings on walls that included the phrase "Liberte, Egalite, Mbappe".

The French squad celebrating from the bus with the crowd.

In an outburst of national pride, Croatia on Monday threw out a red carpet and staged a heroes' welcome for the country's national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.

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