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"During the period of the World Cup, nearly 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russian Federation, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralised", Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services.

Only a third of the World Cup champion team has white-European ancestry, and less than a quarter have French ancestry. "It's phenomenal, just phenomenal".

The team is expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees. Security forces kept a distance.

Beyond the sporting triumph, it will also be cheered in the presidential palace for reinforcing a narrative Macron has promoted overseas since his election: of a young, dynamic France with a more prominent global role.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France vs Croatia - Paris, France, July 15, 2018 - A giant picture of France's Antoine Griezmann is seen on the Arc de Triomphe as France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees Avenue after France won the Soccer World Cup final.

The festive weekend, which saw France celebrate both Bastille Day and the World Cup final, was marred by an increase in accidents and isolated clashes with police.

"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said at Sunday's festivities, recalling deadly terror attacks. "I am sure everyone liked the way they played, and so did I".

"We're going to say thank you!" said Sacha, one of the young players already at the palace.

During celebrations on Sunday, two people died as millions took to the streets.

Over in Moscow, French President Emmanuel Macron was pictured celebrating the win.

For all the insane antics - and some revelers who got out of control - a sense of patriotism and unity was nearly visceral.

"It's incredible", said Brioche Pasquier, 57, a supporter inside the Luzhniki Stadium for the match.

"We're not in 1998", said Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state for digital affairs, whose parents emigrated from Morocco.

Despite the deluge of rain that struck Moscow right after the game ended, fans danced and sang in the streets and a fireworks display could not be snuffed out. While 21 out of the 23 players were born in France, many come from immigrant families.

"It is really attractive".

Speaking on Europe1, the minister said that the demographics of France's national team, with the majority of its players from an African background, "highlights good news" that "we don't often recognise".

"We also scored four goals".

"We have done it for our supporters, for Russians who are passionate about sport and for all those who love sport across the world".


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