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Vive la France! Fans go wild after World Cup win

France's victorious national team is returning home to a euphoric nation.

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France's fans wave flags as they await the arrival of the team at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris on July 16. 

France was prepared to welcome home the national soccer team Monday for a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after the team’s 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.

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France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, flanked by France's forward Antoine Griezmann, left, and France's defender Raphael Varane, holds the World Cup trophy as the team arrives at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
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France's players ride in an open-top bus down the Champs-Elysee.

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Fans celebrate Monday in front of the Arc de Triomphe. 

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The Patrouille de France jets trail smoke in the colors of the national flag over the Champs-Elysee as supporters welcomed the team.

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Supporters gather on the Champs-Elysees as they await the arrival of the French team.
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French supporters celebrate at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday. 

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The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in France's national colors.

Two stars also adorn the monument to denote France’s second World Cup victory. The first was in 1998. 

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Fans celebrate in the "Le Carillon" bar in Paris.

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Dogs are dressed in the colors of the French national flag in Marseille, France.

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A fan in a beret embraces another in Paris' Latin Quarter.

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A man crowd surfs at the "Le Carillon" bar in Paris, the site of one of the terrorist attacks in November 2015.

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France supporters climb a statue in Montpellier, southern France.

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France fans drive down the Champs-Elysees in a Renault painted in the colors of the French flag. 

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Fans wave flags from a Paris rooftop. 

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A fan looks out over the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. 

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An image of France's Antoine Griezmann is projected onto the Arc de Triomphe.

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French gendarmes stand next to a man who was injured in a clash on the Champs-Elysees.

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Fans celebrate with flares in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

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A man falls to the ground after inhaling tear gas as fans clashed with police Sunday night following celebrations around the Arc de Triomphe. 

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Fans clash with police on the Champs-Elysees.

Broken shop windows and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revelers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence. 

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Fans celebrate on the Place de la Republique.

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