France welcomes World Cup champs, celebrates new set of heroes

The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France’s victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris’ Champs-Elysees in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red — overhead.

The crowd that had waited for hours to greet the soccer team, under a hot sun and amid celebratory smoke bombs that choked the air, got its moment hours after the team returned from Russia to hoist the gold trophy on French soil for the second time in 20 years.
Source: Sports