Heroes in defeat. Having arrived an hour and a half earlier at Paris airport, the French team appeared on the balcony of the Hôtel Crillon to the cheers of the fans, mostly very young people, who were waving tricolor flags while chanting » Thank you Blues! » and singing the Marseillaise or the Gala song « Libérés du Désir », which became the anthem of the Blues during the World Cup.
Some had perched on lampposts or traffic lights, to try to see the Blues if only by a hair. The children, the luckiest, had found a perfect place on the shoulders of their parents. « I had to be there, to thank our Blues for everything they have done so far, » said Sandrine Djellas, 53, made up in red and blue.
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Argentinians expected in the middle of the night
As they got off the plane, the coach of the blues Didier Deschamps had sketched a smile, just like Olivier Giroud, who wore a necklace of blue, white and red flowers around his neck. But Kylian Mbappé, his face closed, had rushed into one of the bus stations on the tarmac before reaching the famous Parisian square.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the Argentinians will have to wait for the arrival of Lionel Messi and his teammates until the middle of the night, local time, but, drunk with happiness, they have already descended by the millions into the . . .
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