France's rousing win - a celebration for Muslims, Africans?

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France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and it came at a time when the people feel needy.

The Victor Hugo stop - named after the acclaimed 19th-century writer - was renamed Victor Hugo Lloris after the team's captain and goalkeeper, while Notre Dame des Champs became Notre Didier Deschamps.

But the national mood was one of joy, and Paris transport company RATP said it was celebrating the success of Les Bleus by the public's side (in French), ahead of the victorious team's parade on the Champs-Elysées.

The superstar will also get a cut of France's $38 million prize money for the World Cup victory.

Former Nigeria worldwide Sunday Oliseh has congratulated France, albeit in a hilarious manner, highlighting the heavy African flavour in Didier Deschamps' World Cup-winning setup.

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Deschamps won as a player in 1998 and, on Sunday, triumphed as a coach when France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can't imagine the euphoria will ever fade. But, despite the convincing French victory, there is little feeling of disappointment in Croatia. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. "I hope my old club are chasing him".

Their World Cup squad had an average age of just over 26 and they have an abundance of world-class players but the way the team negotiated the tournament with intelligence and fortitude gives even greater cause for optimism for the future.

But eventually the French players - who had remained silent, perhaps bemused by the row, felt compelled to speak out.

French President Emannuel Macron proved himself to be no drip despite being drenched by rain at Luzhniki Stadium following his team's World Cup final win, by flashing a celebratory "dab" dance move with goalscorer Paul Pogba.

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