Les Bleus touch down in Paris for victory parade

The team expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France's 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.

The French team arrived to red carpet treatment earlier on Monday afternoon, with goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris holding the trophy aloft as the team descended to meet Sports Minister Laura Flessel.

After the parade France's newest idols will be welcomed at the Elysee Palace by Emmanuel Macron, whose office has already promised the Legion of Honour for the victors' "exceptional services" to the country.

French football superstar Kylian Mbappe is reportedly going to donate US$500,000 (NZ$738,000) in World Cup earnings to charity.

France's World Cup champions were cheered by tens of thousands of people on the Champs Élysées yesterday as they were driven down the avenue in an open coach.

Youths from the home club of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old breakout star from the Paris suburb of Bondy, were present at the victory party. "All we want is a wave from the players".

The transport authority tweeted on Monday that the Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.

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This is the second World Cup title for France.

France first won the World Cup in 1998 - which they hosted - by beating Brazil in the final. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".

That is a play on the French national saying, "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite".

"We had so much fun last night, the city was full of joy, so much celebration", a woman dressed in red, white and blue who had made her way out to Charles de Gaulle airport told BFM TV.

But beyond the dabbing and adoring crowds, the World Cup triumph is a political win for President Macron, who has been promoted a young, dynamic France with an increasingly prominent global role. Broken shop windows and signs of looting lined a section of the Champs-Elysees.

This time round the team went a step further - their first ever World Cup final - only to lose against France on Sunday in an enthralling 4-2 battle.

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