In pictures: France celebrates reaching World Cup final after 20 years

Published: July 11, 2018
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People celebrate France's victory in Montpellier on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. PHOTO: AFP

People celebrate France's victory in Montpellier on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. PHOTO: AFP

People celebrate France's victory in Montpellier on July 10, 2018 after the final whistle of the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP

A headed goal by Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti was enough for France to book their spot in the World Cup final , consigning Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to another bitter disappointment.

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The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of “We’re in the final” and a cacophony of car horns and fire crackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday as residents of the capital celebrated France’s march to the World Cup final.

Paris exults as France reach final

A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Didier Deschamps’ team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris’ historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall.
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People celebrate France’s victory in front of The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees after the final whistle.

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French football supporters celebrate in Strasbourg.

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People celebrate France’s victory in central Paris.

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Residents sit outside as they watch a television in the village of Marato in Cognocoli-Monticchi.

France beat Belgium to reach World Cup finals

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People celebrate France’s victory in Marseille hold harbour.

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