France’s World Cup celebrations: Paris turns WARZONE as ‘youths’—codename for Muslims, riot against police
France erupted in joy after winning the World Cup on Sunday but scenes of joy turned to violence on the Champs Elysees in Paris where ‘youths’—codename for Muslims, looted stores and rioted against police.
At least two men died in accidents during the ‘celebrations’.
Fans poured into the streets across the country after the country’s second World Cup win, many waving flags and letting off smoke bombs.
Some 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.
People climbed on newspaper kiosks and bus stops in the area to wave flags while the Marseillaise national anthem rang out and cars honked their horns following the final whistle.
But the celebrations soured as -mostly Muslim- looters broke into shop fronts and smashed windows before they were driven back by riot police brandishing shields and batons.
Masked men broke into the Publicis Drugstore and later left with bottles of wine and champagne, some smiling and filming themselves with cell phones.
Some also threw objects at police forces who responded with tear gas.
‘That’s not how you celebrate,’ a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.
Shortly before midnight riot police tried to evacuate the Champs Elysées which led to more clashes with youths hurling bottles and rocks at police who responded with water cannon and tear gas.