Despite the dramatic loss in the World Cup final to Argentina, hundreds of thousands of fans came tonight (Monday) to the Place de la Concorde in Paris just to thank the players of the French national team, who received an emotional welcome.
The retired world champion players, who arrived straight from the airport, received loud cheers from the thousands of fans who just wanted to touch their idols.
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Coach Didier Deschamps was moved: "It is our duty to thank all the French who supported us and gave strength to the team. We experienced tremendous emotions together, even if the last game was cruel and painful. We must not forget what this group did despite all the difficulties, before and during this World Cup. We had a great month Special".
The French national team is on home soil.
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Adrien Rabiot thanked the fans: "It's very exciting to be here. We know that the public supported us from everywhere in France. It's something special to be here and thank them - even if we didn't manage to bring the trophy. People came out to cheer us on even in the cold and we felt their push throughout The whole last month. There's a World Cup in four years and the Euros even before that. We'll do everything to compensate all the French."
Kylian Mbappe on the balcony in Paris.
The face says it all, photo: Reuters
Olivier Giroud, who was replaced in the second half of the final match: "The French people supported us even though our end was brutal. Now we will give everyone a big hug and go on vacation to recharge the batteries. It is always difficult to leave a group of people after a month and a half together. Our whole team is Like one big family."
Olivier Giroud on the balcony in Paris, photo: Reuters
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