France stars toast World Cup success with parade as Benjamin Mendy sings with Didier Deschamps, police escort features Donatello mask in honour of Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe dangles trophy off side of bus

France's World Cup heroes enjoyed an open top bus parade in Paris on Monday Players were met by 500,000 supporters who came out to celebrate the title Stars such as Benjamin Mendy and Samuel Umtiti captured it all on Instagram Young star Presnel Kimpembe took a gamble by dangling the trophy off the bus

17 July 2018 - 10:46


Fresh from dispatching Croatia for World Cup glory in Moscow, France's heroes returned to Paris and basked in their success in front of thousands during an open top bus parade.

The players received a substantial police escort as fans flocked to the famous Champs-Elysees to show their support to their World Cup heroes as the country celebrated their first win since 1998.

As well as the 500,000 fans who flocked to Paris, a number of the squad's big names, including Benjamin Mendy, Samuel Umtiti and strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, documented the day of celebrations via their social media. 


Samuel Umtiti, the hero of the semi-final, gives fans a close up of the prized trophy
Kylian Mbappe is all smiles as he embarks on the open top bus parade

Samuel Umtiti and Kylian Mbappe were among a host of stars who documented the parade


Lucas Hernandez and Ousmane Dembele can hardly hide their happiness on the bus
Young defender Presnel Kimpembe takes a gamble as he dangles the trophy over the edge of the bus

The World Cup winners recorded their experience during Monday's open top bus parade

Lots of the players looked to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moment through their phones with young defender Presnel Kimpembe providing an insight into the sheer size of the police escort behind the bus.

Dozens of police officers on motorbikes were joined by exciteable fans on two wheels as they tried to attract the attention of the players.

One fan held aloft a mask of 'Donatello' from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - the nickname commonly given to striker Mbappe by his team-mates.   


Players could not believe the large-scale police escort that followed the bus
One plucky fan paid homage to Mbappe by showing a Donatello mask from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A large-scale police escort followed the back off the bus but some fans caught up on bikes


Mendy's excitement bubbles over as he ropes members of staff into his celebrations
National team trainer Gregory Dupont is brought into the limelight on Mendy's Instagram story

Mendy's celebrations look to include members of staff including trainer Gregory Dupont (R)

But few characters were going to take centre stage from the ever charismatic Benjamin Mendy as he collared a number of the coaching staff, including boss Didier Deschamps, during his Instagram story.

The Manchester City defender is bouncing around on top of the bus chanting and thanking supporters while also trying to bring some energy to coaching staff members such as trainer Gregory Dupont.

France romped to victory in Moscow and every squad member felt they played their part in the success, regardless of the minutes won on the pitch.

Substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was all smiles as he lifted the trophy in front of a number of police officers with crowds kept at a distance from the players' bus. 


Alphonse Areola did not get any match time during the World Cup but was ecstatic to win it

Alphonse Areola did not get any match time during the World Cup but was ecstatic to win it


Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane sing 'Allez Les Bleus!' with fans
Players wore scarfs around their head during the title parade on Monday

Defenders Benjamin Pavard and Rahpahel Varane sing 'Allez Les Bleus' in chorus with fans

Benjamin Pavard, who proved a revelation at right back for Deschamps' side in Russia, serenaded supporters along with defensive partner Raphael Varane with a version of 'Allex Les Bleus!'

It became the key chant for French supporters and as players, aside from Varane, wore white scarfs around their head, they were happy to join supporters in singing the song.

There was to be no expense spared for such a high profile occasion as the players were driven down the famous Champs-Elysees towards the palace where they would meet president Emmanuel Macron.

Planes flew overhead leaving stripes to create the national flag in the sky as supporters also lit flares as police tried to control the masses that turned out.  


Ousmane Dembele tries to show off the scale of the crowds that came out to support
Midfielder Corentin Tolisso shows off the gold trophy on top of the bus

Half a million fans took the time to come out as Corentin Tolisso and Co showed the trophy off


There was no expense spared as the national colours filled the blue sky
Kimpembe soaked up the atmosphere as flares consumed the large crowds

National colours filled the sky as Kimpembe captured supporters setting off flares in the crowd


Source: daily mail
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