France Engulfed in Riots After World Cup Win — PHOTOS, VIDEO
After France’s win over Croatia in the World Cup finals, thousands of fans took to the streets. While most just wanted to celebrate and have a good time, those parties eventually devolved into riots across the country.
Some of the worst scenes were in central Paris, where the Champs Élysées remained closed in the early hours of Monday following widespread rioting and looting.
In the Alpine city of Annecy, some 350 miles east, a 50-year-old France fan broke his neck after jumping into a canal at the end of the team’s 4-2 triumph over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday.
In nearby Saint-Felix, there was a second fan death when a man in his 30s was killed when his car crashed into a tree as he celebrated the win.
“Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse,” said a police source in Paris.
“Shops including the Publicis Drugstore close to the Arc de Triomphe were ransacked. Windows were smashed and officers who intervened were attacked.
Some 4,000 police and security forces had been deployed across the French capital in case of trouble following France’s first World Cup final appearance since 2006.
There was also serious trouble in the eastern city of Lyon, where hundreds of youths went on the rampage, attacking cars and setting fire to wheelie-bins.
Public fountains and other monuments in cities such as Bordeaux and Marseille, as well as Lyon, were filled with youths brandishing flares and throwing bottles.
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This comes after a previous series of riots just a few days ago after France beat Belgium to advance to the final round.