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World Cup 2018: Celebration as France lifts the trophy

French fans in Paris celebrate in front of the Eiffel Tower, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Crowds party in front of the Eiffel Tower

French fans have been celebrating after their team scored a 4-2 victory over Croatia to win the 2018 World Cup.

It was an emotional victory for all the team, but for none more than coach Didier Deschamps, who has now become only the third man in history to lift the trophy as both a player and a coach.

Croatia fans watch a public broadcast of the World Cup final in the Croatian capital Zagreb, 15 July 2018 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Croatia fans watched their team's first World Cup final

The match was paused briefly during the second half as officials removed four pitch invaders.

Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot later posted a statement on their Facebook page claiming responsibility for disrupting the match, which was attended by President Vladimir Putin.

A pitch invader high fives France's Kylian Mbappé during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A pitch invader, from Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, high fives France's Kylian Mbappé, before being dragged away
France's Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after scoring the third of France's four goals Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption France's Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after scoring the third of France's four goals
France coach Didier Deschamps is thrown into the air by his players as they celebrate after winning the World Cup, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption France's coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with his team, 20 years after he led France to victory as captain
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates France's win over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption France's President Emmanuel Macron celebrates France's victory as his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, looks on

The below image of President Macron celebrating a goal went viral, with some social media users suggesting the French leader use it in his next campaign.

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French supporters celebrate on the Champs-Élysées avenue in France, 15 July 2018 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Thousands of supporters cheered the victory on the Champs-Élysées in Paris
Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko looks dejected after the match, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko looked dejected in defeat
Luka Modric of Croatia looks dejected following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia in Moscow, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Members of the Croatian team commiserated after their loss

But one of the most eye-catching moments came during the winners' presentation, when President Putin was the first person to be given an umbrella during the driving rain, while the French and Croatian leaders got soaked.

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) talks with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption French President Macron and Croatian President Grabar-Kitarovic remained friendly and close throughout the game and trophy ceremony

Reactions from social media users varied from humour to disbelief that Mr Putin did not share his umbrella with his foreign counterparts.

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic are seen following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia, 15 July 2018 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The rain and lack of umbrellas were not enough to dampen the spirits of the French and Croatian leaders

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