Tens of thousands of France fans celebrate World Cup at Champs-Elysees

Crashes and a new French flag?: Mishaps mar start of Bastille Day celebrations

French police motorcycles crash during Bastille Day parade

About 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.

The group will then move along the Champs-Elysees on a bus before meeting Macron at the Elysee Palacer.

Several hundreds of French fans had gathered in Spinola to watch their team on its big day, completely filling up the World Cup fan zone and by far outnumbering the few Croatian supporters present.

Families of the players will be invited to the ceremony along with more than 1,000 children, 300 athletes and members of the football clubs for which the teammates play, according to a statement from the presidential office.

Two French police motorcycles have crashed during a demonstration in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other guests at a grandiose Paris parade celebrating Bastille Day.

The World Cup football final between France and Croatia, while taking place in Russian Federation, is expected to bring out masses of revellers - or people drowning their sorrows - on Sunday (Jul 15).

The boom of fireworks and firecrackers filled the air, while drivers honked their horns incessantly to celebrate France's second world title after their triumph on home soil in 1998. Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the national team are "the first in the world for me", adding: "People are happy as if we have won and that's the way it should be. I could see them lift the trophy, but this is really fantastic", Aleksandar Todorovic said.

"Croatia has fallen as a hero!' proclaimed the Index news portal".

"We have achieved so much", 26-year-old Sofia Halinovcic said.

Ms Halinovcic contended that "we had great expectations, but we still need to process what we have done".

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