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Fans welcome their World Cup champions on the Champs Elysees

Supporters wave French national flags while they gather on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 16, 2018 as they wait for the arrival of the French national football team for celebrations after France won the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match on the previous night. (AFP)

The French soccer team players were welcomed as heroes by thousands of fans gathered on the Champs Elysees on Monday, July 16.

A fan holds a picture of France's forward Kylian Mbappe next to supporters waving French national flags while they all greet France's national football team players during a parade down the Champs-Elysee in Paris. (AFP)

Cheering and dancing on an open-top bus driving on the French capital's most famous avenue, 'Les Bleus' then made their way to the Elysee palace, where they were greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

'Les Bleus', a dynamic, young team that won an open, fast-paced final 4-2 with Croatia in Moscow, brought home the second World Cup for France, 20 years after their first victory in the championship in 1998.

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