Violent celebration in Paris
After France seized the 2018 FIFA World Cup title on a 4-2 victory over Croatia, millions of French fans turned on their festive moods and celebrated all over the city. Unfortunately, they had another definition of “celebration” as riots and looting turned the whole thing into chaos.
In the French capital tagged as the city of love, celebrants vandalised a bar and thirty young people wearing ski masks ransacked a shop in the Champs-Elysées while grinning on a mobile video they personally took. From the Arc de Triomphe to other parts of Paris, police were actively subduing violent crowds.
As a matter of fact, cops used water cannons to disperse the remaining people after a large portion of them gradually left the famous avenue late last night.
French journalist for Le Figaro Paul Carcenac posted photos of the shameful celebration on Twitter captioned:
“People flee through the adjacent streets.”
— Paul Carcenac (@PaulC781) July 15, 2018
How violent can this get?
A French mayor in Paris also lost her temper over some of the violent fans. Writing on Twitter, Jeanne d’Hauteserre said:
“The party is ruined because of a handful of thugs!”
Sur les Champs-Élysées, un kiosque détruit et pillé, quelques heures après la victoire des bleus pic.twitter.com/NpYqfN8eqa
— Manon Paulic (@Manonpaulic) July 15, 2018
Adding up to this mess beyond Paris, a group of youths also destroyed street furniture, set rubbish bins alight and attacked the police in Lyon. Also, a hundred young people reportedly climbed on top of a police vehicle at an open-air screening of the match in the city centre.
Most of the places were tear-gassed to disperse rioters from the place and prevent further damage.
Here’s another footage of celebrants going up a fire engine which is supposed to provide an immediate emergency response.
— Joy Reid (@JoyReidTVNZ) July 15, 2018
If you think their so-called festivity ended in breaking establishments and looting vending machines, wait until you hear a more embarrassing act. According to another Le Figaro journalist, some fans targeted a family by throwing an empty glass bottle.
Ashley Bullard tweeted:
“Sad to hear reports of looting, riot police being called in and tear gas being fired in Paris following France’s World Cup win.”
Another Twitter user said:
“The French people are so happy about winning that they set fire to cars, starts riots and celebrate with throwing stones at the police and firefighters.”
For the worst part, two French supporters passed away during the celebrations, shortly after the final whistle blew to signal the end of the game. Another man reportedly died when his neck broke after jumping into a shallow canal.
In the small town of Saint-Felix, a thirty-something man died after crashing his car into a tree after France was announced the winner.
Watch more of the disgraceful acts below:
Apparently, some people are willing to take a World Cup win to a “terrifying” celebration.