Paris Goes WILD Celebrating France’s World Cup Victory (VIDS + PICS)

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Saturday was Bastille Day in France, and people all over the country celebrated the birth of the Republic. However, those celebrations were nothing compared to the ones that erupted on Sunday, after France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The scenes from Paris after Le Bleus captured their second ever World Cup were absolutely bonkers. Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered on the Champ de Mars and other public spaces around the city, and when the final whistle blew they celebrated like it was 1998.

Take a look:

 

 

 

 

Over at the Stade de France, where Les Bleus hoisted the World Cup nearly 20 years ago to the day, BeyoncΓ© and Jay-Z threw their own World Cup watch party for fans prior their concert:

 

 

And of course the streets around the famous Arc de Triomphe were completely shut down:

 

 

Unfortunately, when the sun went down, the celebrations turned violent, and parties turned to riots:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more still images from the epic World Cup celebration and its aftermath:

(Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

 

Who knew Paris had so much in common with Philadelphia?

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