Hundreds of thousands of supporters came out to Paris' Champs Elysees on Monday to welcome home their victorious national football team one day after they won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
More than 300,000 people filled the Champs Elysees, the area around the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde on Sunday night, partying into the early hours, singing the Marseillaise, setting off firecrackers and blaring horns until the sun rose.
"Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice", American author Khaled Beydoun wrote.
Striker Antoine Griezmann, whose fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018 came in the final, told fifa.com: 'We're so happy.
France manager Deschamps lifted the trophy at Stade de France 20 years ago and now is the third person, after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer, to win the tournament as a player and coach.
Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.
And with any country from the continent yet to hoist the prestigious trophy, the former Super Eagles coach joined an array of fans to acknowledge Africa's input to France's second World Cup triumph.
Les Bleus were then headed to Paris where they were expected to parade in an open-top bus to the Elysee Palace where French President Emmanuel Macron was to hold a reception in their honour.
"We are linked for life now with this Cup", defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing for home from Moscow.
Police had to use tear gas and riot gear to quell some of the more unruly crowds, which included people damaging windows and looting shops along Paris' most famous avenue.
France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a Monday parade down the Champs-Elysees.
"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said, recalling deadly terror attacks.
Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were marred by violence. There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so lovely.
As many as a million people had been enjoying the "good-natured atmosphere" at an event on the Champs-Élysées in Paris following France's 4-2 win against Croatia, which ministers had hoped would bring a "great moment" of "national unity".